Texas – A 25-year-old Mexican national illegally in the United States, has
pleaded guilty to immigration violations in the Eastern District of Texas,
announced U.S. Attorney Joseph D. Brown today.
Joel Sanchez-Guzman pleaded guilty to transporting illegal aliens and illegally
reentering the United States after having been deported. The plea was
entered today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith Giblin.
to information presented in court, on Feb. 16, 2019, law enforcement officers
discovered Sanchez-Guzman transporting eight individuals he knew to be
illegally in the United States. Further investigation revealed
Sanchez-Guzman had been paid to transport the illegal aliens through Texas to
the northeastern United States. They also determined that Sanchez-Guzman
had transported illegal aliens in this manner on prior occasions.
Under the federal statute,
Sanchez-Guzman faces up to 10 years in federal prison at sentencing. The
maximum statutory sentence prescribed by Congress is provided here for
information purposes, as the sentencing will be determined by the court based
on the advisory sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors. A
sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence
investigation by the U.S. Probation Office
This case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations/Immigration and
Customs Enforcement HSI/ICE, the Nacogdoches Police Department and the Lufkin
Police Department and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Randall L. Fluke.