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Nearly 90 indicted in a month for human trafficking or illegal re-entry into Texas | The USA Newspaper

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An agent arrives at the immigration detention center in McAllen, Texas (United States). EFE / Larry W. Smith / Archi

(EFE News) .- About 90 people have been indicted by the Department of Justice (DOJ) in cases related to human and drug trafficking and illegal re-entry into the United States in the last month in southwest Texas.
In a statement, DOJ highlighted on Monday afternoon that prosecutors in Alpine, Texas, managed to indict 89 people in the last month on charges related to immigrant smuggling or illegal re-entry into the country.
US Attorney Ashley C. Hoff said in the statement that “the incredible” number of cases and indictments demonstrates the “commitment to vigorously enforce the law.”
At least 24 of the defendants face human trafficking charges and 77 people are charged with illegally re-entering the United States after being deported. Some face both charges.
The prosecution highlighted that some of these defendants have previous convictions in the US for serious crimes that include rape, lewd acts with children, transportation of firearms, drug distribution, human trafficking and domestic violence, among others.
Among the defendants is Ernesto Álvarez Zubia, arrested on June 14 by Border Patrol agents when he was driving in the Van Horn, Texas area, a pickup truck that was towing a horse-drawn wagon where 41 undocumented immigrants were hiding.
Marco Antonio Mendoza Bejarano and Víctor Adrián Luján García were detained on June 17 by Patrol agents while allegedly transporting 39 immigrants in a trailer truck.
The three Latinos were charged with one count of conspiracy to transport illegal aliens and one count of complicity in the transport of illegal aliens. If convicted, they face up to 10 years in prison for the transportation charge and five years for the complicity charge.
Last June, authorities detained 188,829 undocumented immigrants at the southern border, bringing the total number of immigrants to more than one million so far this fiscal year, which began in October 2020, according to data from the Customs Office and Border Protection (CBP).
In the last decade, the month of June with the highest number of arrests was 2019, the year in which another important arrival of irregular immigrants was registered, but that figure was 81,777, far from the more than 188,000 last month.

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