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San Benito man pleads guilty to human smuggling

1 month 1 week 1 day ago Tuesday, May 24 2022 May 24, 2022 May 24, 2022 11:34 AM May 24, 2022 in News - Local

A San Benito man pleaded guilty to smuggling people into the United States in an 18-wheeler. 

Prosecutors say Eric Mendiola, 37, of San Benito admitted to attempting to smuggle 31 individuals on March 20 at the Border Patrol checkpoint near Sarita. 

A K-9 alerted authorities about the presence of humans and found the migrants hiding behind a load of produce.

Sentencing is scheduled for August 17. 

At that time, Mendiola faces up to five years in federal prison. 

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