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February 20, 2013 | 1,891 views | 1 comment

POTH -- Wilson County Pct. 2 Justice of the Peace Sara Canady has confirmed the identities of three men whose bodies were pulled from a stock tank on F.M. 427 near C.R. 225 northeast of here Feb. 6. As a result of a written request to her office by the Wilson County News, Canady said the victims were identified as Ervin Josue Sontay, 20, of Guatemala; Adalid Anaya-Perez, 23, of Honduras; and Julian Cesar Rodriguez Laurean, 21, of Mexico.

The three men were among a group of undocumented aliens being transported from Falfurrias to Houston in a Chevrolet Tahoe, according to a U.S. Department of Justice press release. The Tahoe plunged into a stock tank on F.M. 427, as its driver attempted to flee a Wilson County Sheriff’s deputy at approximately 4 a.m. that day.

Deputies and troopers from the Texas Department of Public Safety apprehended 12 of the passengers -- including 31-year-old Javier Silva-Morales of Monterrey, Mexico, and 25-year-old Jose Abram Lopez-Lozano of Michoacán, Mexico. Authorities with the U.S. Attorney’s Office since have filed complaints against Silva Morales and Lopez-Lozano, charging each with illegally transporting undocumented aliens. If convicted, the men could be sentenced to life in a federal prison.
 

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