Cuban Man Convicted of Attempting to Traffic Undocumented Migrants Through South Texas Checkpoint

A federal jury in Corpus Christi, Texas, has found Illeysel Carcasses, a 38-year-old Cuban man, guilty of attempting to traffic undocumented migrants within the United States. U.S. Attorney Alamdar Hamdani announced the conviction, stating that Carcasses had been transporting illegal aliens through a South Texas checkpoint in a refrigerated box truck filled with rotten produce.

The incident occurred at the Border Patrol checkpoint in Sarita, Texas, where Carcasses was instructed to undergo secondary inspection after a canine unit alerted agents. Upon inspection, authorities discovered five migrants concealed within the back of the vehicle, cleverly hidden among pallets of spoiled produce. Testimony during the two-day trial revealed that the individuals were locked inside the truck with no means of escape.

Carcasses initially claimed that he did not possess the keys to open the rear of the vehicle. However, officials later found the keys in the truck’s cab, along with Carcasses’ cellphone, which was also discovered inside the vehicle with the migrants.

U.S. District Judge David Morales has scheduled Carcasses’ sentencing for May 8. If convicted, Carcasses could face up to five years in federal prison and a fine of $250,000. Pending his sentencing, Carcasses has been allowed to remain free on bond.

Author: CrimeDoor

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