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Second immigrant smuggler gets 36 months
SAN ANTONIO -- In San Antonio Sept. 11, 26--year-old Jose Abram Lopez-Lozano, 26, of Michoacán, Mexico, was sentenced to 36 months in federal prison, in connection with an undocumented alien smuggling incident that resulted in three deaths. This is according to U.S. Attorney Robert Pitman and Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent in Charge Janice Ayala.
On March 27, Lopez-Lozano pled guilty to smuggling undocumented aliens for financial gain. On the same day, his co-defendant, 32-year-old Javier Silva-Morales, a resident of Monterrey, Mexico, pled guilty to one count of smuggling undocumented aliens resulting in death. By pleading guilty, both admitted to transporting smuggled undocumented aliens on 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 standing on top of what appeared to be the same vehicle, which was now submerged under water.
Sheriff’s deputies and Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) troopers apprehended a total of 13 individuals -- including both defendants. Agents later determined that the 13 were in the United States without proper documentation and placed them under arrest. A DPS dive team dispatched to the scene recovered three bodies from the bottom of the water near the vehicle.
On July 7, U.S. District Judge Xavier Rodriguez sentenced Silva-Morales to 150 months in federal prison.
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