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Judge: Diana Saldaña
Court: United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas (Webb County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office in Laredo
Description: Laredo, Texas criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant charged with transporting undocumented aliens.On June 15, 2022, Fuentes drove a white semi-tractor pulling a white refrigerated utility trailer. He slowly approached the primary commercial lane at the Border Patrol (BP) checkpoint in Webb county, but authorities had to order him to stop.
At initial inspection, he displayed nervous behavior, and his lips were trembling. Fuentes told authorities he was “hauling pig meat.” He provided his passport and a manifest for products requiring transport at no higher than 45 degrees. However, the trailer temperature was set at 56 degrees.
Upon a secondary inspection, authorities discovered 71 undocumented aliens that included five minors.
The temperature inside the enclosed metal trailer was almost 80 degrees while the outside temperature was approximately 100 degrees.
Fuentes was permitted to remain on bond and voluntarily surrender to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility no earlier than September 8, 2023.
Homeland Security Investigations conducted the investigation with the assistance of BP. Assistant U.S. Attorney Homero Ramirez prosecuted the case.
Outcome: Defendant was sentenced to 15 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release.