Texas man caught smuggling illegal immigrants in flag-draped coffin

Zachary Taylor Blood, 33, of Galveston, Texas pled guilty to one count of human smuggling this week, 에 따르면 보도 자료 from U.S. Attorney Jennifer B. 로리.

파일 사진: A group of asylum seekers from Mexico, Cuba and Haiti are detained by U.S. Border Patrol in San Luis, 애리조나, 우리., 4 월 19, 2021.

파일 사진: A group of asylum seekers from Mexico, Cuba and Haiti are detained by U.S. Border Patrol in San Luis, 애리조나, 우리., 4 월 19, 2021. (REUTERS/Jim Urquhart/File Photo)

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“10월에. 26, 2021, Blood drove a grey van modified to transport caskets into the primary inspection lane of the Border Patrol (BP) checkpoint near Falfurrias,” 성명은 말했다. “Authorities observed a coffin in the back of the van and asked what he was transporting. He replied ‘Dead guy, Navy guy.’ However, the coffin was in poor condition and the American flag was taped to the top with packing tape.

After Blood was subjected to a secondary inspection, authorities discovered two Mexican nationals inside the coffin who were illegally present in the United States.

파일 사진: 미국. Customs and Border Protection agent monitors single-adult male detainees at Border Patrol station in McAllen, 텍사스, 우리. 칠월 12, 2019.

파일 사진: 미국. Customs and Border Protection agent monitors single-adult male detainees at Border Patrol station in McAllen, 텍사스, 우리. 칠월 12, 2019. (REUTERS/Veronica G. Cardenas//File Photo)

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The two men admitted to paying a smuggler to get them to San Antonio, 텍사스, and met Blood in a parking lot after swimming across a river into the United States.

Blood will be sentenced on May 11 by U.S. District Court Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos and faces up to five years in federal prison along with a $ 250,000 좋아. Blood will remain in custody until that hearing.

Migrant encounters at the southern border increased again in December from the prior month, according to data provided to a federal court by the Biden administrationthe latest sign that the crisis at the border is likely to continue into 2022.

우리. Customs and Border Protection patrolling in Nogales, 애리조나. A migrant who tried to escape from Border Patrol agents in Texas died while in custody, the agency said Friday.

우리. Customs and Border Protection patrolling in Nogales, 애리조나. A migrant who tried to escape from Border Patrol agents in Texas died while in custody, the agency said Friday. (Stephanie Bennett/Fox News)

According to the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) 데이터 provided in the Jan 14 Kinnaman은 그 전화 이후로 말합니다, 있었다 178,840 migrant encounters in December, ~에서 173,620 11 월. That in turn was an increase from the 164,753 apprehensions in October.

Those numbers are drastically higher than the previous year, when there were 72,113 encounters in November and 73,994 취업 비자 확보에 도움. Biden placed Vice President Kamala Harris in charge of the administration’s border response in 2021.

Fox News’ Adam Shaw contributed to this report

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