June 12, 2007
3 National Guard Members Charged With Human Smuggling
From NYTimes.com: Three members of the Texas National Guard helping patrol the Mexican border have been charged with human smuggling after federal agents found one of them in uniform driving a van crammed with 24 illegal immigrants north of Laredo, the Justice Department said Monday.
The guardsmen, including two sergeants, were assigned to Operation Jump Start assisting the Border Patrol and had run multiple smuggling trips at fees of $1,500 to $2,000 per passenger, according to the complaint by the United States attorney for the Southern District of Texas, Don DeGabrielle.
The complaint cited cellphone text messages exchanged among them like “24 will b tuff 2 fit but ill try.” Rest of Article. . . [Mark Godsey]
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