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Mexican Arrested for Smuggling Immigrants Via Chartered Planes

July 22nd 2012   ·   12 Comments

Mexican Arrested for Smuggling Immigrants Via Chartered Planes

A Mexican citizen was accused of being part of a sophisticated operation that hid undocumented immigrants and sent them into the country’s interior on board chartered airplanes.

Federal prosecutor Kenneth Magidson said that authorities arrested Jorge Luis Gallegos Avila, 39, for transporting immigrants who were detained as they were about to board a charter flight at McAllen-Miller International Airport in the Texas border city of McAllen.

The plane was headed to San Antonio.

A spokesperson for U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Adelina Pruneda, said that it is common to discover “coyotes” transporting immigrants by land, but this operation is more sophisticated since it involves air transport.

According to the indictment, Gallegos, who is being held without bond, was arrested on June 20 after he was seen leaving several immigrants at the airport.

The undocumented status of the five immigrants was discovered during a review by Border Patrol and Department of Homeland Security agents.

The indictment says that Gallegos, along with other individuals, had collected a group of immigrants on the bank of the Rio Grande River and took them to several safe houses in the McAllen area, where they remained until they were taken to the airport.

Gallegos’ trial is set for September he could be sentenced to 10 years in prison and $250,000 in fines if convicted.


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Readers Comments (12)

  1. See what Obama is letting haPPEN!

  2. Sal Orbilly says:

    not to worry…Holder will see to it there’s no prosecution

  3. John Keyes says:

    They were using Holders new Fast and Furious Airlines.

  4. theyll just be given jobs , foodstamps. free medical.. but its ok

  5. 0bummer and his thugs are anti-American.

  6. John Sass says:

    I’ll bet Holder rushes right down to Texas to set them free. He will say it was part of a secret operation to see if the border patrol were doing their job.

  7. they are under aged immigrants so amnesty for them

  8. Chuck Hajek says:

    “Ovomit Airways” !!! He did create a business after all….

  9. stand with jan and close these borders . Or else take away any and all bennifets .

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