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Human immigrants smuggler guilty in Texas wreck

August 7th 2012   ·   3 Comments

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — A Houston man has pleaded guilty in a South Texas human smuggling case and wreck that left an immigrant dead.

Prosecutors say 22-year-old Leonel Alvaro Abundis-Carreon pleaded guilty Monday in Corpus Christi to conspiracy to transport 14 suspected illegal immigrants. He also pleaded guilty to causing serious bodily injury to a person.

Sentencing is Oct. 30. Abundis-Carreon, who remains in custody, faces up to 20 years in federal prison.

Border Patrol agents from Falfurrias on Feb. 9 chased a pickup truck driven by Abundis-Carreon.

Authorities say suspected illegal immigrants were in the cab and the truck bed when the vehicle crashed.

One passenger died. Several others were hurt. Abundis-Carreon said he received $125 for each immigrant he smuggled.

Details weren’t released Monday on the immigration status of the survivors.

(Copyright ©2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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Readers Comments (3)

  1. Sally Davis says:

    What’s wrong with these reporters? There is no such thing as illegal immigrants!! Immigrants come legally. Illegal aliens sneak in, illegally. Legal immigrants go through an immigration process, legally.

  2. David Hobson says:

    Right you are sally………

  3. Sally Davis, YOU ARE SO RIGHT, now lets convince the idiots that don’t understand

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