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Smuggler sent to prison for three deaths

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

LAREDO, Texas – A 24-year-old Laredo resident has been sent to prison for conspiracy to transport undocumented aliens resulting in death, announced U.S. Attorney Alamdar S. Hamdani.

Abraham J. Ahumada pleaded guilty May 4, 2022.

Today, U.S. District Judge Micaela Alvarez ordered Ahumada to serve 262 months in federal prison to be immediately followed by five years of supervised release. He was also ordered to pay $4,077 in restitution. At the hearing, the court heard evidence that Ahumada showed no remorse and laughed about his crime. The defense argued he grew up with ADHD and a learning disability, struggled in school and fell into crime. Judge Alvarez commented that was no excuse because such conditions, while difficult, are common among law-abiding people too.

At the time of his plea, Ahumada admitted to causing a car accident and leaving multiple victims behind.

“Three people are dead because of this human smuggler’s reckless behavior,” said Hamdani. “Traveling over 100mph on a highly trafficked rural highway, his actions caused one victim to be ejected from the vehicle and another to be killed on impact - his body trapped inside the burning car. This man took three lives, ruined his own and will pay the price in federal prison for decades.”

On Nov. 13, 2021, Ahumada drove a black Nissan Murano down U.S. Highway 83. Law enforcement attempted to pull him over, but he proceeded to flee. He did not yield and instead accelerated above the speed limit.

Ahumada disregarded a red light during the pursuit along U.S. 83 and collided with a passenger vehicle crossing the intersection with the right of way. The collision resulted in three deaths.

Two individuals in Ahumada’s vehicle were pronounced dead on the scene as well as a woman who was traveling in the struck vehicle with children. The three children suffered bodily injuries and were taken to a local hospital for treatment.

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

Homeland Security Investigations conducted the investigation with Customs and Border Protection and the Texas Department of Public Safety. Assistant U.S. Attorney Francisco J. Rodriguez prosecuted the case.

 

Updated February 10, 2023

Topic
Human Smuggling