A Mexican man has been sentenced to life in a U.S. prison for leading a human smuggling ring that held more than 20 immigrants hostage in Houston.
A 34-year-old man is scheduled to make an initial court appearance in South Texas on charges that include murder, human smuggling and keeping undocumented workers as hostages.
The man-in-the-know nursed a late-morning beer at a bar near the Suchiate River that separates Guatemala from Mexico, and answered a question about his human smuggling business with a question: “Do you think a coyote is going to say he’s a coyote?”
Gerardo Salazar, alias “the Rooster,” faces life in prison if convicted on all counts from a 2005 federal indictment.
A Texas man has been sentenced to four years in prison in a human smuggling case involving a teen allegedly assaulted as she was being driven to New Jersey.
Prosecutors say all five were involved in a smuggling operation that held 115 captive in a small southern Houston house.
The men are accused of holding 115 people in a Houston home and threatening them with violence if they could not come up with a ransom payment.
More than 30 people have been indicted in a Houston-based wrongful employment and human smuggling ring with ties to Louisiana and Arkansas.
Nearly a dozen suspects have been arrested in Houston in a crackdown on an alleged human smuggling ring operating in Texas and other states.
Immigration officials raided a northwest Harris County home Monday night, suspected of functioning as housing for persons who are in the country illegally.