Man Sentenced for 2017 Deadly Smuggling Attempt
WESLACO – A truck driver caught in a deadly human smuggling incident last year was sentenced Tuesday.
Juan Enrique Escobedo-Moreno will spend the following 17 years in prison for trying to smuggle two people in the country illegally across the Falfurrias checkpoint last October.
Border Patrol said the 45-year-old said he was hauling watermelons to Houston and claimed no one was with him.
During a secondary inspection, agents found a Mexican national hiding inside a small closet behind the driver’s seat.
Both men were taken into custody but didn’t say anything about a third person in the truck.
Prosecutors say three days later, authorities discovered another man trapped inside a toolbox. They say a latch prevented him from getting out.
Escobedo-Moreno is waiting to be transferred to a federal prison.
He will also have to serve three years of supervised release following his prison term.
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