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  • US Soldier Allegedly Smuggled Illegal Aliens Into Texas

    09/16/2014 8:00:21 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 18 replies
    Breitbart Texas ^ | 09/15/2014 | Ildefonso Ortiz
    The court records show Border Patrol agents working the immigration checkpoint in Sarita, Texas arrested Eric Rodriguez earlier this week. Rodriguez was wearing his military uniform when he allegedly drove his Chevrolet pickup truck to the checkpoint. U.S. Border Patrol agents searched the vehicle. The agents allegedly found two illegal immigrants hiding in the floorboard just beside the front seat; they were using a bed sheet and Ramirez’s military jacket to cover themselves. Once in custody, the illegal immigrants, Alejandro Maya-Gonzalez and Juan Inda-Isiordia, told an agent with Homeland Security Investigations that one of the men had paid $3,000 to...
  • Tilbury Docks: Man dies after 35 found in container

    08/16/2014 9:40:29 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 32 replies
    bbc ^ | 16 August 2014 Last updated at 12:26 ET
    A man has died after 35 people - including children - were found in a shipping container at Tilbury Docks. The survivors - believed to be from the Indian subcontinent and suffering from severe dehydration and hypothermia - are being treated at nearby hospitals. They were discovered after a freighter arrived from Zeebrugge, Belgium at about 06:00 BST and was being unloaded. Essex Police has launched a homicide investigation and officers are being assisted by their Belgian counterparts. Police Supt Trevor Roe said staff at the docks were alerted to the container by "screaming and banging" from inside
  • Popular Congressman: Impeach Eric Holder for “Human Smuggling”

    07/03/2014 1:04:15 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 10 replies
    Conservative Tribune ^ | July 3 2014 | Conservative Tribune
    As the humanitarian crisis continues to grow along America’s southern border, states such as Texas and Arizona have called upon the federal government to do its job and secure the border, to no avail. In fact, the Obama administration, whom many believe to have caused the problem in the first place, is actually making the situation worse. Federal law prohibits the transportation of individuals who are in the country illegally, but that’s exactly what Homeland Security officials are doing. As illegal immigrants cross the border, DHS officials transport them by bus or airplane to sites around the country for processing....
  • Border Patrol Agent: Obama is Part of “Smuggling Business”

    06/30/2014 12:43:46 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 10 replies
    Conservative Tribune ^ | June 30 2014 | Conservative Tribune
    The flood of illegals crossing over the border into the U.S. is an issue that’s become critical in recent days, largely due to the inactivity on the part of the White House to do anything about the situation. Many states, such as Texas, are sick of waiting on the president to take action, so they have created armed units to shut down the border without the help of the federal government.Ranchers have been getting attacked by illegals and border patrol units have been shot at by cartels and Mexican military choppers, yet Obama and his cronies have not lifted a...
  • 4 dead, 4 injured in accident involving human smuggling ( Utah )

    05/16/2014 2:56:38 PM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    KSL ^ | May 16th, 2014 | Pat Reavy
    THOMPSON SPRINGS, Grand County — Four people were killed and four others critically injured after a van that was apparently involved in a human smuggling operation rolled multiple times on I-70 Friday morning. About 4:30 a.m., approximately 34 miles west of the Utah-Colorado border ... Investigators believe a ninth person, possibly a woman, walked away from the scene. That person had not been located as of noon. "We're looking at this as possibly being a human smuggling case," Royce said. The Utah State Bureau of Investigations, Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement were assisting the Utah...
  • DPS helicopter opens fire during chase; 2 dead

    10/25/2012 6:45:58 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 98 replies
    The Monitor ^ | 25 Oct 2012 | Jacqueline Armendariz and Ildefonso Ortiz
    NEAR LA JOYA — A Texas Department of Public Safety sharpshooter opened fire on an evading vehicle loaded with suspected illegal immigrants, leaving at least two people dead. A Texas Parks and Wildlife Department game warden attempted to pull over a vehicle suspected of smuggling immigrants Thursday afternoon along Farm-to-Market Road 2221. A DPS helicopter was called in to assist in the pursuit and a sharpshooter opened fire on the evading vehicle — a policy permitted by the agency. Once the smuggler's vehicle stopped along FM 2221 near Mile 7 Road, troopers found three people shot inside, DPS spokeswoman Katherine...
  • 11 dead in Goliad County (Texas) crash

    07/23/2012 12:03:28 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 21 replies
    San Antonio Express News ^ | July 22, 2012 | Eva Ruth Moravec
    At least 11 people were killed and a dozen others injured Sunday in a single-vehicle crash near Berclair in Goliad County, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. Around 7 p.m., the driver of a Ford F-250 super-duty pickup veered off of U.S. 59 while heading north and crashed in unincorporated Goliad County, DPS spokesman Trooper Gerald Bryant said. "The truck left the roadway and struck two very large trees," Bryant said. A man who claimed to have been the truck's driver was ejected but is alive, Bryant said, and six others inside the cab of the truck...
  • Found While Hiking: Stash of AK-47s

    07/02/2012 6:18:03 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 104 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 2, 2012 | Katie Pavlich
    No big deal....despite the fact that a stash of AK-47s was found along a hiking trail in not Colombia, not Mexico but in....Arizona. A hiker in the Madera Canyon area found three assault rifles in a black trash bag one mile north of Old Baldy Trail. After receiving a report of the discovery on Wednesday, June 20, the Pima County Sheriff’s Office determined that the rifles were found in Santa Cruz County, and notified the local sheriff’s office. Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s deputies then went to the site and recovered what turned out to be a stash of AK-47 assault...
  • Why Was a 6 Year Old Illegal Immigrant Arrested? (Arizona)

    06/18/2012 7:24:50 AM PDT · by Qbert · 16 replies
    Lonely Conservative ^ | 6/18/2012 | Lonely Conservative
    The top story this morning at memeorandum is the one about Maricopa County, Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio arresting a six year old illegal immigrant girl. If you just read the headline and excerpt you might be led to believe that this little girl was arrested all by herself, but that’s not the case. She was arrested with 15 others who crossed the border illegally. The arrest took place Friday night at an undisclosed location in northern Maricopa County. “It was part of a human-smuggling investigation that we’ve been investigating throughout the Valley,” Hegstrom said. The whereabouts of the girl’s parents...
  • For Many Illegal Entrants Into U.S., a Particularly Inhospitable First Stop

    05/26/2012 2:50:21 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 25 replies
    The New York Times ^ | May 26, 2012 | MANNY FERNANDEZ
    EDINBURG, Tex. — For decades, the first stop for illegal immigrants making their way across the Texas border has often been a stash house or drop house, an apartment or rental home where they might spend hours or days in squalor waiting to be transported elsewhere. Often it is where they are held until their families pay the smugglers’ fees.But in recent months, stash houses have proliferated in border towns in the Rio Grande Valley and in cities farther north, like Houston, a trend that has been occurring in Texas but not in other states on the border. And local,...
  • MACEDONIA, EUROPE'S NEW TRANSIT COUNTRY FOR ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS

    12/29/2011 11:36:52 AM PST · by markomalley · 2 replies
    LE TEMPS/Worldcrunch ^ | 12/16/11 | Jean-Arnault Dérens
    Several dozen young men are basking in the warm mid-day sun. They are Afghan and Pakistani. Behind them, on a white wall, is graffiti extolling the glories of the UÇK -- ex-Kosovo Albanian guerilla fighters.Over the past two years, the Macedonian village of Lojane, which borders Serbia, has become a stop-over on the illegal migration routes to Western Europe. “It started when groups of three or four would arrive periodically. It didn’t disturb us at first,” says Selam Mehmeti, the head of the village community. “But since this summer, it’s grown to a whole other dimension: there were 500 in...
  • Three Pakistani Men Plead Guilty to Terror Charges

    09/14/2011 3:30:15 AM PDT · by Cindy · 7 replies
    SNIPPET: "Three Pakistani men pleaded guilty Monday to terrorism-related charges of supporting the Pakistani Taliban, according to a release from the U.S. Justice Department. At a hearing before U.S. District Judge John Bates in the District of Columbia, Irfan Ul Haq, Qasim Ali, and Zahid Yousaf pleaded guilty to one count each of conspiracy to provide material support to the Tehrik-e-Taliban (TTP), a designated foreign terrorist organization. Ul Haq, Ali, and Yousaf were arrested in Miami on March 13 and charged with one count of conspiracy to commit alien smuggling. The three men allegedly ran an alien smuggling operation out...
  • Violent Mexican drug gang, Zetas, taking control of migrant smuggling

    08/12/2011 11:08:49 AM PDT · by Mount Athos · 3 replies
    McClatchy Newspapers ^ | August 11, 2011 | Tim Johnson
    Los Zetas, who earned a reputation for brutality by gunning down thousands of Mexicans in the ongoing battle for drug-smuggling routes to the United States, now control much of the illicit trade of moving migrant workers toward the U.S. border, experts in the trade say. They've brought logistical know-how, using tractor-trailer trucks to carry ever larger loads of people and charging higher prices, as much as $30,000 per head for migrants from Asia and Africa who seek to get to the United States. They've also brought an unprecedented level of intimidation and violence to the trade. Los Zetas or their...
  • Today’s slavery (Human trafficking is the second fastest-growing illegal industry in the US)

    01/28/2011 10:51:39 PM PST · by Libloather · 33 replies
    Boston.com ^ | 1/29/11 | Renée Loth
    Today’s slaveryA unified effort to end human trafficking By Renée Loth January 29, 2011 IN NEWARK, 20 young women and girls from West Africa were discovered working in hair-braiding salons for 14 hours a day with no pay. Their employer ruled over the victims, some as young as 10, with beatings, sexual assaults, and voodoo curses. Closer to home, five people were indicted in Quincy for operating brothels in rented apartments using immigrant women kept in a state of debt bondage with threats of deportation. In Danvers, a 13-year old runaway girl was offered to a group of men at...
  • 28 Nabbed by Feds at Fort Worth Site (Possible Terrorist Link)

    06/29/2002 6:27:07 AM PDT · by demkicker · 114 replies · 454+ views
    Fort Worth Star-Telegram ^ | June 29, 2002 | Deanna Boyd
    June 29, 2002, 12:07AM 28 Nabbed by Feds at Fort Worth site Some may have ties to extremist group By DEANNA BOYD Copyright 2002 Fort Worth Star-Telegram FORT WORTH -- Federal agents raided an aviation repair facility at Fort Worth Meacham Airport on Friday morning, arresting 28 workers on immigration violations. Some of them, sources said, may be affiliated with a Muslim extremist group responsible for a string of kidnappings in the southern Philippines. Kathy Colvin, a spokeswoman with the U.S. attorney's office for Northern Texas, said federal felony charges will be filed Monday against some of the detained mechanics,...
  • Suspected Terrorist Arrested In Florida

    09/16/2002 11:28:43 AM PDT · by testforecho · 105 replies · 768+ views
    Channel 3000 ^ | September 14, 2002 | Channel 3000
    Suspected Terrorist Arrested In Florida Iqbal Munawar Arrested In Alleged Immigration Scheme UPDATED: 3:25 p.m. EDT September 14, 2002 MIAMI -- Iqbal Munawar, who was on the FBI's list of suspected terrorists, was jailed as he tried to fly from Miami to Tampa, Fla., Friday morning. Munawar and two other men have been charged with smuggling illegal aliens from the Middle East into the United States on airplanes through Miami International Airport and John F. Kennedy Airport. The suspects are accused of making more than $100,000 in the smuggling operation, selling more than 1,000 false visas to illegal immigrants. Miami-Dade...
  • Police: Human smugglers kidnap 16 migrants in Mexico

    09/02/2010 5:01:15 PM PDT · by AuntB · 5 replies
    CNN ^ | Sept. 2, 2010 | Nick Valencia
    At least 16 migrants, including a woman, were being held for ransom by human smugglers in Tijuana, Mexico, according to a migrant who was freed, authorities said late Wednesday. "With respect to the man, we are not releasing his name but he is between 20 and 25-years-old. We can tell you that his family paid a ransom for his liberty and it was after that he came to us and told us there were others that were being held in Tijuana," Municipal Police Officer Jose Varela told CNN by phone. It was unclear how much the family paid, but reports...
  • 2 cars explode in Mexico where 72 bodies found

    08/27/2010 12:05:33 PM PDT · by La Lydia · 21 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | August 27, 2010 | Eduardo Castillo
    SAN FERNANDO, Mexico – Two cars exploded early Friday in a northern state where officials are investigating the killing of 72 Central and South American migrants, while a prosecutor investigating the massacre has disappeared. The prosecutor, Roberto Jaime Suarez, disappeared Wednesday in the town of San Fernando, where the bodies of the migrants were found, the Tamaulipas state attorney general's office said in a statement. A transit police officer in the town is also missing. President Felipe Calderon, speaking during a forum on security, said Suarez, a Tamaulipas state prosecutor, was involved in the initial investigation of the massacre, which...
  • Amherstburg police foil human smuggling run (US refugees invade Canada)

    08/20/2010 5:08:45 AM PDT · by Former Proud Canadian · 5 replies
    Windsor Star ^ | August 20, 2010 | Windsor Star Staff
    WINDSOR, Ont. — Amherstburg police officers have nabbed five people — three children and two adults — attempting to enter Canada illegally by boat, the second time in a month they have foiled a human smuggling bid. Read more: http://www.windsorstar.com/news/Amherstburg+police+foil+human+smuggling/3417510/story.html#ixzz0x9AEG6w1
  • Inside the Brutal World of America's Kidnapping Capital (Phoenix)

    08/17/2010 7:40:25 AM PDT · by Mikey_1962 · 8 replies
    Phoenix New Times ^ | 8-17-10 | Monica Alonzo
    Maria was drifting off to sleep on the bedroom floor. She could hear women getting raped in the next room. Only she didn't hear screams — she heard the laughter of male guards. A kidnapping victim rescued by the Phoenix Police Department's Home Invasion and Kidnapping Enforcement unit. The women had been drugged by their rapists, who had done the same to Maria as soon as she walked into the house. They forced her to swallow a red liquid and handed her some chalky, white pills. She drank the liquid and tucked the pills on the side of her mouth,...
  • Mexico condemns Border Patrol shooting of teen

    06/10/2010 11:04:58 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 36 replies · 719+ views
    Associated Press ^ | June 11, 2010 | CHRISTOPHER SHERMAN and ALEXANDRA OLSON
    EL PASO, Texas (AP) -- Mexico condemned the shooting of a 15-year-old boy by a U.S. Border Patrol agent Thursday through diplomatic correspondence and an angry phone call to the Homeland Security secretary. Some Mexican politicians called for the agent's extradition to face Mexican justice.
  • Heads of Canadian alien smuggling organization sentenced

    05/10/2010 12:42:29 AM PDT · by Cindy · 3 replies · 420+ views
    ICE.gov - News Release ^ | May 6, 2010 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: Heads of Canadian alien smuggling organization sentenced BURLINGTON, Vt. - On May 3, Jose Manuel Galdamez-Serrano, 56, Norvin Gonzalez-Morales, 29, Ruben Damas-Hernandez, 31, and Emmanuel Antonio Galdamez, 27, of Montreal, Quebec, were sentenced in U.S. District Court in Burlington following their guilty pleas to alien smuggling offenses. The defendants were extradited to the United States from Canada to face the charges contained in the indictment. Chief U.S. District Judge William K. Sessions III sentenced Jose Manual Galdamez-Serrano to 60 months imprisonment and three years of probation following his guilty plea to one count...
  • 67 Illegal Immigrants Found in U-Haul Truck

    04/24/2010 8:05:13 PM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 40 replies · 1,388+ views
    fox/AP ^ | 04/23/10 | fox/AP
    ELFRIDA, Ariz. - Sixty-seven illegal immigrants were found crammed inside a U-Haul truck near Elfrida, Ariz. about 20 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border after deputies spotted it driving erratically.
  • TERRORISM and COUNTERTERRORISM: News, INFORMATION & Analysis #2

    04/11/2010 9:33:03 AM PDT · by Velveeta · 4,070 replies · 6,773+ views
    Free Republic | 4/11/2010 | FReeper Collaboration
    Obama amputates our nuclear arms By: Charles Krauthammer ...snippet...Under President Obama’s new policy, however, if the state that has just attacked us with biological or chemical weapons is “in compliance with the Non-Proliferation Treaty,” explained Gates, then “the U.S. pledges not to use or threaten to use nuclear weapons against it.” Imagine the scenario: Hundreds of thousands are lying dead in the streets of Boston after a massive anthrax or nerve gas attack. The president immediately calls in the lawyers to determine whether the attacking state is in compliance with the NPT. If it turns out that the attacker...
  • Somalian Charged with Making False Statements on Application for Asylum...

    03/06/2010 12:36:28 AM PST · by Cindy · 14 replies · 590+ views
    Note: The following text is a quote: Somalian Charged with Making False Statements on Application for Asylum Defendant is Accused of Making False Statements Concerning Participation in Terrorist Organizations United States Attorney John E. Murphy announced that in San Antonio, a federal grand jury has indicted 24-year-old Ahmed Muhammed Dhakane, a citizen of Somalia, on two counts of making false statements under penalty of perjury to federal authorities concerning his association with global terrorist organizations. The indictment, returned yesterday and unsealed this afternoon, alleges that on October 28, 2008, the defendant falsely omitted on an application for asylum that from...
  • [South Texas:]Mexican girl abused, raped in San Juan house, police say

    12/28/2009 4:14:26 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 13 replies · 1,437+ views
    The Monitor ^ | December 24, 2009 | Jared Janes
    SAN JUAN — A 16-year-old Mexican girl was forced into household labor, deprived of food and shelter and raped six times by the man who smuggled her into this country, according to authorities. Benito Vargas, 17, is accused of raping the Jalisco native on several occasions while his mother ignored the girl’s cries for help, San Juan Police Chief Juan Gonzalez said. The girl, who was smuggled into the United States on claims she would have a better life here, was also beaten on several occasions, was rarely fed and was forced to sleep on a couch outside while she...
  • Guyanese National Charged with Smuggling Indian Nationals to the United States

    12/19/2009 5:11:21 PM PST · by Cindy · 7 replies · 676+ views
    Note: The following text is a quote: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEThursday, December 17, 2009 Guyanese National Charged with Smuggling Indian Nationals to the United States A Guyanese national has been indicted on charges of conspiracy and alien smuggling in connection with her role in the smuggling or attempted smuggling of four Indian nationals to the United States. Annita Devi Gerald, aka Annita Rampersad, 52, was charged in a nine-count indictment returned yesterday by a federal grand jury in the Southern District of Texas. Gerald was arrested by ICE special agents in Houston on Nov. 17, 2009, and has been held without...
  • 3 Houstonians charged in smuggling scheme that ended in wreck

    12/03/2009 4:05:53 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 5 replies · 440+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Dec. 3, 2009 | DALE LEZON
    Three Houston residents have been arrested and accused of transporting illegal immigrants after a pickup truck carrying the people plunged 40 feet from a roadway and injured them in Jim Wells County in South Texas. Patricio Rebollar Jr., 28, Herman Valdez, 29, and Nancy Martinez, 25, are charged in a criminal complaint with transporting undocumented immigrants, according to federal authorities. Of the 17 undocumented immigrants in the accident, five remain hospitalized with serious injuries and the others have been treated at hospitals and released into federal custody. Rebollar, who was allegedly driving the pickup, was hospitalized with unknown injuries.
  • Illegal Aliens from China Arrested by MCSO

    09/23/2009 8:22:58 PM PDT · by machogirl · 33 replies · 1,870+ views
    kfyi ^ | 09/23/09 | AP
    <p>Deputies say the four Chinese citizens were inside the van along with the driver, a resident of Mexico City. By Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) _ Authorities say a traffic stop in a Phoenix suburb has led to the detention of four Chinese citizens suspected of entering the country illegally.</p>
  • Mexico Border Open Again After Shootout With Suspected Illegal Immigrants

    09/23/2009 9:51:00 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 10 replies · 622+ views
    Fox News Channel ^ | September 23, 2009
    The busiest border crossing in the country was open again Wednesday morning after closing for hours during a shootout between federal agents and vans suspected of smuggling illegal immigrants into California from Mexico. Four were injured and traffic was stopped for four hours Tuesday near San Diego after the border patrol agents fired shots at the vehicles across nine lanes of highway. The 74 people crowded into the three vans were taken into federal custody. San Diego police spokesman Lt. Kevin Rooney said Tuesday the drivers tried to storm past inspectors at the San Ysidro port of entry — which...
  • San Ysidro border entry point closed after gunfight

    09/22/2009 7:07:45 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 17 replies · 1,027+ views
    LA TIMES ^ | Sept 22, 2009
    U.S. authorities have closed the San Ysidro Port of Entry on the border with Mexico after a gunfight there early Tuesday. San Ysidro is the nation's busiest border crossing. Roughly 40,000 vehicles cross there daily from Mexico. Three vans loaded with suspected illegal immigrants tried to speed through the crossing Tuesday afternoon, drawing gunfire from at least two U.S. agents, authorities said. Three people in the vans and a traveler in a nearby car were injured in the failed attempt to cross into San Diego from Tijuana. About 70 people inside the vehicles were taken into custody, according to authorities.
  • Fired ACORN employee called police (San Diego ACORN)

    09/22/2009 7:47:24 AM PDT · by BAW · 26 replies · 1,897+ views
    San Diego Union Tribune ^ | Sep 21, 2009 | Jose Jimenez
    Fired ACORN employee called police A local ACORN employee filmed talking about human smuggling reported the incident to a police detective who was his cousin. Juan Carlos Vera contacted his cousin two days after the incident for advice on what to do with information he obtained regarding possible human smuggling, National City police said in a news release Monday. The detective contacted another law enforcement officer serving on a federal human smuggling task force, who responded that he needed more details. The ACORN employee explained several days later the information was wrong and he had been duped. Vera was secretly...
  • ACORN Prostitution Tour San Diego--New Videos Posted This Morning

    09/17/2009 6:09:24 AM PDT · by Shellybenoit · 71 replies · 3,050+ views
    Big Government/The Lid ^ | 9/17/09 | The Lid
    ACORN Prostitution Tour San Diego--More Videos Hannah Giles and James O' Keefe our hero fake pimp and hooker, took their tour from northern California to the south, San Diego on the border with Mexico. Here they met with a Juan Carlos a very creepy, ACORN worker who tried to pick up Hanna and offered to help the pair smuggle in the child prostitutes from El Salvador. You See he smuggles people over the border all the time. In probably the most uncomfortable moment in all of the videos, the Juan Carlos asks Hannah where she lives and how much does...
  • BREAKING: Fifth Undercover ACORN Video Shows Official Plotting to Help Smuggle Sex Slaves

    09/16/2009 7:09:58 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 76 replies · 4,319+ views
    Fox News ^ | Sept. 16, 2009
    "I have a lot of contacts in Tijuana."
  • 97 illegal immigrants found in chilled trailer

    07/30/2009 3:14:00 PM PDT · by Cheap_Hessian · 16 replies · 705+ views
    AP ^ | 30 July 209
    <p>PHOENIX (AP) - An Arizona officer who stopped a refrigerated trailer found nearly 100 undocumented immigrants crammed inside in near-freezing temperatures.</p> <p>A tip from federal agents led the Department of Public Safety officer to make the stop to check for faulty equipment Wednesday night on Interstate 19 north of Nogales near the Mexico border.</p>
  • Feds: Men held hundreds of (illegal)immigrants hostage

    07/22/2009 3:30:19 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 5 replies · 464+ views
    The Monitor ^ | July 22, 2009 | Jeremy Roebuck
    McALLEN – Three men already in federal custody have been linked to the kidnapping, torture and ransom of hundreds of Central American migrants in Reynosa, federal authorities said. Two Honduran nationals held on immigration charges in Willacy County recognized one of the suspected smugglers July 10 after he was booked into the county jail, according to a probable cause affidavit filed in their case. One of the detained immigrants told U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement agents that he had met Oscar Humberto Hilton Romero, 31, of Honduras, in Guatemala and then followed him to a Reynosa stash house, where he...
  • Man sentenced for immigrant smuggling(to a total of 19.5 years, 3 died in South Texas crash)

    07/16/2009 5:05:30 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 6 replies · 416+ views
    Corpus Christi Caller-Times ^ | July 16, 2009 | Susan McFarland
    CORPUS CHRISTI — A man was sentenced to 17.5 years in federal prison Thursday for his involvement in an illegal immigrant smuggling conspiracy that resulted in the deaths of three people in Duval County. Frank Garcia, 30, of Pasadena, pleaded guilty of transporting illegal immigrants from Mexico into the U.S., according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Tim Johnson. On Nov. 24, Garcia delivered a van carrying eight people to smugglers outside Concepcion, according to the release. Garcia then drove a lead vehicle while the van followed. During law enforcement’s pursuit of the vehicles, the van crashed and caught...
  • 10 People Killed in SUV Rollover in Arizona

    06/07/2009 8:48:51 PM PDT · by Doogle · 17 replies · 635+ views
    FOX NEWS ^ | 06/07/09
    SONOITA, Ariz. — Ten undocumented immigrants "stacked like wood" in the back of a sports utility vehicle crammed with at least 22 people were killed when the driver lost control and rolled over on a remote southern Arizona highway, authorities said Sunday.
  • AZ: 10 killed in SUV crash near Sonoita ( Suv with illegals )

    06/07/2009 8:49:00 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 28 replies · 1,245+ views
    KVOA ^ | June 7,2009 | AP
    Ten people "stacked like wood" in the back of a sports-utility vehicle were killed when the driver lost control on a remote southeastern Arizona highway, a spokeswoman for the Arizona Department of Public Safety said Sunday.DPS Officer Joy Craig said at least 27 men and women were in the vehicle traveling on State Route 82 about four miles east of Sonoita when the vehicle rolled for an unknown reason shortly before midnight Saturday.Most of the vehicle's passengers were ejected.Authorities said all the victims are believed to be illegal immigrants from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Equador and perhaps Mexico."There was no...
  • 10 People Killed in SUV Rollover in Arizona

    06/07/2009 5:29:58 PM PDT · by Gordon Greene · 53 replies · 2,380+ views
    Fox News ^ | Sunday, June 07, 2009 | Associated Press
    <p>SONOITA, Ariz. — Ten undocumented immigrants "stacked like wood" in the back of a sports utility vehicle crammed with at least 22 people were killed when the driver lost control and rolled over on a remote southern Arizona highway, authorities said Sunday.</p>
  • TULSA: Sex trafficking opposition grows

    04/23/2009 9:08:56 AM PDT · by Victory111 · 6 replies · 564+ views
    Tulsa Today ^ | 4-23-09 | Emily Hunt
    No civilized sane human would support slavery so how does trafficking in humans for sex continue worldwide? The practice is growing, but hundreds declared in Tulsa Friday that they will stand in opposition. They will contribute time and money to raise awareness and save victims. They will engage to stop this hidden smuggling that goes on in every one of the 50 states in America.
  • Owner of Numero Uno Markets Convicted of Federal Racketeering Charges

    04/21/2009 2:25:18 PM PDT · by Larry381 · 4 replies · 562+ views
    Department of Justice ^ | April 20, 2009 | United States Attorney's Office Central District of California
    The owner of the Los Angeles-based Numero Uno supermarket chain was convicted today of participating in a racketeering enterprise that was involved in a host of illegal activities, including solicitation of murder, bribery of a public official, harboring illegal aliens and tax violations. George Torres, 52, an Arcadia resident who has been in custody since he was arrested after being indicted two years ago, was found guilty of 55 felony counts, including racketeering, “honest services” mail fraud and wire fraud, conspiring to harbor illegal aliens, and a host of tax charges. The jury determined that Torres solicited the February 1994...
  • [Texas:]Immigration authorities sorting out freeway kidnap drama

    04/15/2009 12:12:41 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 4 replies · 443+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | April 15, 2009 | DALE LEZON
    An alleged abduction in southwest Houston earlier this week appears to be part of human smuggling operation that was thwarted when the victim jumped from his kidnappers' car on a freeway near downtown. Six men, including the victim and his relatives as well as three suspects, were arrested following a brief police chase. No injuries were reported. Federal immigration authorities said the men were in the country illegally and were involved in a human trafficking plot. However, officials declined to discuss details of the case because the investigation is ongoing. The names of the men have not been released. "It's...
  • Man gets 24 years for running sex ring (Illegal Alien/Criminal)

    04/08/2009 4:12:36 AM PDT · by appleseed · 13 replies · 1,204+ views
    charlotteobserver.com ^ | Apr. 08, 2009 | Gary L. Wright
    Women and girls as young as 16 were smuggled into this country from Mexico and brought to Charlotte to work as prostitutes. For $25 and $30, authorities said, they performed sex acts – sometimes with 20 men a day. Jorge Flores Rojas, a 44-year- old undocumented Mexican national accused of running the sex trafficking ring, has been sentenced in Charlotte to 24 years in prison, authorities said Tuesday. He was ordered to pay $117,000 in restitution to one woman. He also must register as a sex offender. Acting U.S. Attorney Edward Ryan said Tuesday that prostitution rings like the one...
  • Italy: Two dead migrants found on people - smuggling boat

    04/05/2009 7:46:05 PM PDT · by Cindy · 1 replies · 306+ views
    ADNKRONOS.com (AKI) ^ | April 3, 2009 | n/a
    Palermo, 3 April (AKI) SNIPPET: "Over 36,000 boat people arrived on the southern Italian coast last year - a 75 per cent increase over the number of arrivals in 2007 - according to the Italian government and the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR)."
  • TUSTIN Police: Woman kidnapped in human smuggling incident

    03/22/2009 6:55:38 AM PDT · by Ladycalif · 4 replies · 572+ views
    A woman was allegedly kidnapped as part of a suspected human smuggling operation in Tustin on Saturday evening, police said. The 32-year-old woman's alleged abduction is believed by police to be in response to a dispute over payment for human smuggling. Officers are not yet sure what country the alleged victim came from, but said it might be Guatemala.
  • (illegal)Texas man accused of smuggling 3 Iraqis into US(Juan De Dios Martinez Vela)

    03/19/2009 9:07:44 AM PDT · by Tigen · 12 replies · 786+ views
    JPost ^ | Mar 19, 2009 | AP
    A Sullivan City man accused of smuggling three Iraqis into the United States was set to appear for a detention hearing Thursday. Prosecutors allege Juan De Dios Martinez Vela, 28, sneaked the men across the Rio Grande as part of a smuggling network with links to the Middle East.
  • Immigrant smuggler given 6 years in prison

    03/10/2009 1:03:51 AM PDT · by calcowgirl · 5 replies · 521+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | March 10, 2009 | Hector Becerra
    The leader of the Three Franciscos, a ring accused of transporting more than 9,000 illegal immigrants through Los Angeles and around the country, was sentenced to six years in federal prison Monday. Federal officials called the organization the most prolific of its kind ever uncovered in Los Angeles, collecting fees as high as $3,700 from relatives of immigrants who were packed into cramped vans and safe houses. "We estimated they were moving about 100 a week," said Jennifer Silliman, deputy special agent in charge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Los Angeles. The group was known as the Three...
  • Deputies Raid Avondale Home

    02/27/2009 4:17:03 PM PST · by AuntB · 14 replies · 709+ views
    KPHO News ^ | Feb. 27, 2009 | KPHO News
    PHOENIX -- A raid at a suspected Avondale drop house Thursday night resulted in the rescue of more than two dozen hostages, according to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office. A SWAT team raided the house on Joblanca Street at 6:30 p.m. after receiving a call from a Tennessee resident concerned that a family member was being held captive in a home, deputies said. Inside, deputies found 30 suspected illegal immigrants, among them 25 hostages who were being held for ransom, the sheriff's office said. According to Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the hostages were held from 3-24 days and had...
  • Former LAX elevator mechanic sentenced to 3 years for human smuggling

    02/24/2009 7:04:55 PM PST · by Cindy · 4 replies · 509+ views
    ICE.gov - News Release ^ | February 24, 2009
    Note: The following text is a quote: http://www.ice.gov/pi/nr/0902/090224losangeles.htm February 24, 2009 Former LAX elevator mechanic sentenced to 3 years for human smuggling LOS ANGELES - An elevator mechanic formerly employed by Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) has been sentenced to three years in federal prison for smuggling foreign nationals into the United States by bypassing established security at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Roberto Amaya Canchola, 54, was sentenced yesterday as part of a plea agreement in which he admitted earning $1,800 for each illegal alien he ushered into airport elevators and escorted to taxis outside the terminal. Canchola was...