BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - An accused alien smuggler and six others have been indicted by a federal grand jury after an investigation into the transportation of illegal aliens.
The Louisiana Attorney General's Office says 27-year-old Sabino Guerrero-Estrada, of Mexico, was indicted for transporting illegal aliens within the United States for commercial or private financial gain.
According to the indictment, on Oct. 17, 2014, Guerrero-Estrada was driving an SUV on I-12 in Baton Rouge. Inside the vehicle were six other people who allegedly had previously been deported from the United States.
Maria El Ixtlilco-Barreto, Osvaldo Rosas-Valencia, Lorenzo Hernandez-Fabian, Daniel Hernandez-Fabian, Mario Mata-Cigarrero, and Dimas Rodriguez-Uriostegui were indicted on charges of illegal re-entry by a previously removed alien.
U.S. Attorney Green stated: "The integrity of a nation's borders and its immigration laws – to control who and what comes into and out of the country – is fundamental to any nation's security. This is why Congress has passed numerous acts related to border security, immigration, and work-site enforcement. For the same reason, my office, together with our partners at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations (HIS) and the U.S. Border Patrol, recognize the importance of enforcing the immigration laws."
New Orleans HSI Special Agent-in-Charge Raymond R. Parmer, Jr., stated: "Human smugglers routinely treat people as little more than cargo and place aliens at great risk of harm all in the name of illegal profits. HSI's excellent partnership with U.S. Border Patrol sends a strong message that the U.S. border is not open to illegal migration and individuals who place their fates into the hands of coyotes face significant risks during the journey along with prosecution and removal from the country once caught."
New Orleans Sector Border Patrol Chief Jonathan Richards stated: "The New Orleans Border Patrol Sector's efforts with its DHS partners reduces the ability of criminal organizations to exploit transportation routes within the area and degrades their ability to conduct criminal acts."