Texas – A 48-year-old Mexican national who resided in McAllen and Houston is now
a fugitive from justice, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick.
Ramirez-Santos was set to appear in Victoria federal court Oct. 2 to receive
his sentence for a conspiracy to transport illegal aliens. He did not show.
Today, a federal grand jury indicted him on another charge of failure to appear
and a warrant remains outstanding for his arrest. Anyone with information about
his whereabouts is asked to contact the U.S. Marshals Service at 361-220-1800.
pleaded guilty July 8 to his involvement in a conspiracy to transport illegal
aliens between October 2011 to July 2017. The alien smuggling organization
facilitated the smuggling of illegal aliens from multiple countries including
individuals from China, Russia, India, Brazil, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala
and Mexico. Ages of those smuggled into the country ranged from toddlers to the
elderly but were mostly comprised of young adults.
the time of
his plea, the court heard that smuggling trips were
taken every week and the total number of aliens transported are incalculable.
organization used various methods to facilitate the smuggling. Co-conspirators
drove cars and trucks to locations south of Border Patrol (BP) checkpoints. There,
they were guided through South Texas ranches to avoid detection. They also used
Penske trucks and tractor trailers to smuggle illegal aliens through various
particular tactic was to select a tractor trailer parked at a South Texas truck
stop with a suitable temperature. They would then remove the seal and load the
illegal aliens. Members of the organization would follow the vehicle to the
next stop somewhere north of the checkpoint to later retrieve them. The drivers
would be unaware of their human cargo and were potentially exposed to criminal
liability. The aliens were then be transported in closed Penske trucks to
provided aliens to be smuggled through his contacts in Mexico. He also
trained the young members of the organization in how to do counter-surveillance
and instructed younger family members in how to move aliens.
and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, Border Patrol and
Houston Police Department conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney
Patti Hubert Booth is prosecuting the case.