CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – A 25-year-old
resident of Alamo has been sentenced in Corpus Christi federal court for
transporting illegal aliens within the country, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K.
Jose Angel Herrera pleaded guilty July 10.
Today, U.S. District Judge David S. Morales
ordered him to prison for 45 months to be immediately
followed by three years of supervised release. In handing down the sentence, the court
noted Herrera’s criminal history and the needless and substantial risk to human
life his actions caused.
On May 21, Herrera approached the primary inspection lane
of the Border Patrol (BP) checkpoint near Sarita driving a Chevrolet Silverado
and pulling a cargo trailer. During routine inspection, Herrera appeared
nervous and would not make eye contact with authorities.
A K-9 also alerted to the trailer, indicating
the possible presence of humans and /or narcotics.
In secondary inspection, law enforcement
located a total of 28 undocumented aliens inside the cargo trailer, one of whom
was an unaccompanied minor.
At the time of his plea, Herrera admitted
that he knowingly transported the aliens in the trailer.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations
and BP conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Joel Dunn
prosecuted the case.