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SAN ANTONIO -- Javier Silva-Morales, 31, of Monterrey, Mexico, and 25-year-old Jose Abram Lopez-Lozano of Michoacán, Mexico, pleaded guilty March 27 to smuggling undocumented aliens, announced U.S. Attorney Robert Pitman and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Special Agent in Charge Vincent Iglio.

Appearing before U.S. District Judge Xavier Rodriguez, the driver of the vehicle, Silva-Morales, pleaded guilty to one count of smuggling undocumented aliens resulting in death. His accomplice, Lopez-Lozano, pleaded guilty to one count of smuggling undocumented aliens for financial gain.

By pleading guilty, both admitted to transporting smuggled undocumented aliens Feb. 6 from Falfurrias to Houston, when a Wilson County sheriff’s deputy attempted to conduct a traffic stop near Poth. A vehicle chase ensued.

After losing sight of the vehicle, deputies subsequently discovered several individuals at the end of an open field. They were standing on top of what appeared to be the same vehicle, now submerged under water. A total of 13 individuals, including both defendants, were apprehended by sheriff’s deputies with assistance from Texas Department of Public Safety troopers. HSI agents later determined that the 13 were in the United States without proper documentation and placed them under arrest. A Texas Department of Public Safety dive team dispatched to the scene recovered three bodies from the bottom of the water near the vehicle.

Because there was no evidence that the defendants intended to cause the deaths, Silva-Morales faces an agreed prison sentence of 12-1/2 years; Lopez-Lozano, up to 10 years in federal prison. Both remain in federal custody pending sentencing, which is scheduled for June 26 at 1:30 p.m. before Rodriguez.
 

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