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Mexican national heads to prison for harboring individuals and possessing firearms

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Texas

BROWNSVILLE, Texas – A 22-year-old man illegally residing in San Benito has been ordered to federal prison following multiple convictions, announced U.S. Attorney Alamdar S. Hamdani.

Edgar Garcia-Torres pleaded guilty July 28, 2022, to harboring undocumented individuals within the United States for commercial advantage and private financial gain, being an alien in possession of a firearm and illegal re-entry into the United States.

Today, U.S. District Judge Fernando Rodriguez Jr. ordered Garcia-Torres to serve 48 months in federal prison. Not a U.S. citizen, Garcia-Torres is again expected to face removal proceedings following his imprisonment. In handing down the sentence, the court noted the multiple crimes to which Garcia-Torres pleaded guilty.

On June 13, 2022, law enforcement discovered two harbored aliens at a residence located on Palm Drive in San Benito. Shortly after, they arrested Garcia-Torres for harboring the undocumented individuals. A subsequent search of a second residence located on Bowie Street resulted in the seizure of two firearms, one of which was stolen, and $17,500 in U.S. currency. Authorities were able to link the items to Garcia-Torres.

He ultimately admitted to harboring 50-60 undocumented aliens at the location.

Garcia-Torres had been previously removed from the country and did not have lawful presence in the United States.

He has been and will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.

Border Patrol, Homeland Security Investigations and Cameron County Precinct 4 Constable’s Office conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney David Coronado prosecuted the case.

Updated January 12, 2023

Topic
Human Smuggling