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Several smugglers admit to transporting undocumented aliens

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

McALLEN, Texas – A total of four people have pleaded guilty to human smuggling, announced U.S. Attorney Alamdar S. Hamdani.

Jose Quezada-Gamez, 29, Tamaulipas, Mexico, pleaded guilty to functioning as a guide for undocumented aliens attempting to cross the Rio Grande and enter the United States illegally. Derly Crescencio Medina, 27, McAllen, and Jessica Dinora Pena-Rodriguez, 48, Tamaulipas, admitted housing undocumented aliens at a residence near San Juan. Rogelio Gonzalez III, 29, Edinburg, entered his plea to transporting undocumented aliens further north into the United States.

Authorities arrested all four following an investigation into a extensive smuggling ring operating in the McAllen area. They apprehended Quezada-Gamez near the Rio Grande guiding a group of aliens into the United States from Mexico. Gonzalez was taken into custody near Premont as the driver of a vehicle containing multiple undocumented aliens.

At the time of the pleas, all four admitted to knowingly transporting or harboring undocumented aliens for financial gain.

U.S. District Judge Randy Crane will impose sentencing Aug. 10. At that time, each faces up to 10 years in prison and a possible $250,000 maximum fine.

All four have been and will remain in custody pending that hearing.

Border Patrol conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Theodore Parran III is prosecuting the case.

Updated May 30, 2023

Human Smuggling