CHRISTI, Texas - A 23-year-old Edinburg woman has been sentenced to
federal prison for multiple conspiracies of transporting illegal aliens,
announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick.
Today, U.S. District Judge David S. Morales ordered Joceline
Esmeralda Garcia to serve a total of 51 months in federal prison to be
immediately followed by three years of supervised release. At the
hearing, the court heard how Garcia recruited, facilitated or directed
more than five individuals to transport undocumented aliens, often in
the enclosed trunks of vehicles. In one instance, humans had been
concealed within wooden furniture in a U-Haul van.
Garcia had pleaded April 17, 2019, to an alien smuggling conspiracy
involving seven smuggling events and 18 undocumented aliens. While on
bond pending sentencing in that case, Garcia continued to lead a
subsequent alien smuggling conspiracy involving three human smuggling
events and eight additional undocumented aliens.
Garcia has been and will remain in custody pending transfer to a Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.
Customs and Border Protection conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Reid Manning is prosecuting the case.