Man Pleads Guilty in US Soldier Human Smuggling Case

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BROWNSVILLE – A 51-year-old man in the U.S. illegally pled guilty to human smuggling charges.

Victoriano Zamora-Jasso is said to have supplied immigrants to 47-year-old Arnold Garcia, of Harlingen, who would then contact active-duty soldiers stationed at Fort Hood to help transport and deliver people in the county illegally further north.

The illegal operation took place from March to September of 2014.

The soldiers would conceal immigrants under their military gear to get through the immigration checkpoint in Sarita.

Garcia and all the soldiers were sentenced in 2015 and 2016.

Sentencing for Zamora-Jasso is scheduled for May 9.

He faces up to 10 years in prison and a possible $250,000 fine.

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