Mexican pleads guilty in human smuggling by Texas soldiers

BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Mexican man living in the U.S. illegally has pleaded guilty to helping other immigrants use Fort Hood soldiers to smuggle them through a South Texas border checkpoint.
Federal prosecutors say 51-year-old Victoriano Zamora-Jasso pleaded guilty Monday in Brownsville to conspiracy to transport and harbor undocumented immigrants and illegal re-entry after deportation.
The 2014 smuggling case led to four soldiers convicted and sentenced to prison. Investigators say the Fort Hood soldiers showed Army identification and hid immigrants under military gear while driving through the Sarita checkpoint.
Prosecutors say Zamora-Jasso was deported in in 2013 and lived in Houston after slipping back into Texas. He was indicted in 2016 and arrested last summer in Conroe.
Zamora-Jasso, who remains in custody, and faces up to 10 years in prison when sentenced.



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