Texas - Two Mexican Citizens have been ordered to federal prison following
their conviction of human smuggling which resulted in the death of one of the
aliens, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick. Imer Ares-Chagolla, 36, and
Ismael Rivera-Lopez, 19, pleaded guilty April 1, 2019.
U.S. District Judge Ricardo Hinojosa ordered Ares-Chagolla to 87 months in
prison. The court found Rivera-Lopez was a minor participant in the event and
sentenced him to a 46-month term of imprisonment.
and Rivera-Lopez served as brush guides for a group of aliens who had illegally
crossed the Rio Grande River from Mexico into the United States.
the afternoon of July 17, 2018, authorities located the group, learned one of
its members was missing and possibly in distress and began emergency search
operations in the area.
female citizen of El Salvador was soon found unresponsive in the South Texas
brush country near Sullivan City. Authorities provided emergency medical
treatment and transported her to a local hospital. However, she ultimately died
from multiple organ failures due to shock related to heat stroke.
day, the temperature was determined to effectively be 110 degrees in the brush.
and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations spearheaded the
investigation with the assistance of Border Patrol and Sullivan City Police
Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert L. Guerra Jr. prosecuted the case.