McALLEN, Texas - A 24-year-old illegal alien from
Honduras has been indicted on charges of human smuggling and making a false
family claim, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick
Starlin Alfredo Martinez-Morales was originally charged
by criminal complaint May 10, 2019. Today, a federal grand jury returned the
two-count indictment. He is expected to appear for his arraignment before a
U.S. magistrate judge in the near future.
On May 7, 2019, Martinez-Morales allegedly crossed the
Rio Grande River near Los Ebanos with a three-year-old child, also of Honduras.
Martinez claimed to be traveling with his son and presented a fraudulent birth
certificate for the juvenile, according to the charges.
The criminal complaint indicates he was not the father of
the child and only traveling with him to successfully gain entry into the
He faces up to five years in federal prison if convicted
of either of the charges.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security
Investigations and Border Patrol conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S.
Attorney M. Alexis Garcia is prosecuting the case.
An indictment is a formal accusation of criminal conduct,
A defendant is presumed innocent unless convicted through
due process of law.