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Mexican pleads guilty in human smuggling by Texas soldiers

BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) - A Mexican guy residing in the U.S. illegally has pleaded guilty to serving to different immigrants use Fort Hood soldiers to smuggle them via a South Texas border checkpoint.

Federal prosecutors say 51-year-old Victoriano Zamora-Jasso pleaded guilty Monday in Brownsville to conspiracy to move and harbor undocumented immigrants and unlawful re-entry after deportation.

The 2014 smuggling case resulted in 4 soldiers convicted and sentenced to jail. Investigators say the Fort Hood soldiers confirmed Army identity and concealed immigrants underneath army tools whilst using throughout the Sarita (suh-REE’-tuh) checkpoint.

Prosecutors say Zamora-Jasso was once deported in in 2013 and lived in Houston after slipping again into Texas. He was once indicted in 2016 and arrested closing summer time in Conroe.

Zamora-Jasso, who stays in custody, and faces as much as 10 years in jail when sentenced.

 

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