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Texas man admits smuggling 37 migrants in refrigerated truck

Added 01-15-21 05:25:03pm EST - “A Texas man admitted to smuggling more than three dozen migrants in a refrigerated box truck before being caught at a Border Patrol checkpoint in October, federal authorities said Friday. Rodrigo Sanchez, 41, told agents at the U.S.-Mexico…” - Nydailynews.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nydailynews.com: “Texas man admits smuggling 37 migrants in refrigerated truck”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

A Texas man admitted to smuggling more than three dozen migrants in a refrigerated box truck before being caught at a Border Patrol checkpoint in October, federal authorities said Friday.

Rodrigo Sanchez, 41, told agents at the U.S.-Mexico border in Laredo that he was traveling from San Antonio and worked as a delivery driver for a produce company, according to prosecutors.

But the agents soon learned the story didn’t add up when their K-9 officer alerted them to the presence of contraband in the cargo area, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas said in a news release.

Authorities said they opened the back of the truck and discovered 37 people, including an unaccompanied minor, hiding behind a false wall blocked by stacks of produce.

Sanchez pleaded guilty to conspiracy to transport illegal aliens and now faces up to 10 years in federal prison. He will remain in custody until he’s sentenced on May 5.

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