The Justice Department said Friday that two Guatemalans pleaded guilty to the death of a migrant from the same country they helped illegally enter the US and who was found dead in a truck in Texas.
Guatemalans, identified as Armando Gale Galicia and José Diego Tercero González, pleaded guilty before a federal court in the Western District of Texas on Thursday to “conspiracy to transport and harbor aliens for their financial gain,” resulting in One death occurred.
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Each defendant faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.
According to the US Attorney General’s office, in early May 2021, authorities found the body of a young Guatemalan woman in a truck in a remote area outside the city of Odessa, Texas.
In August of the same year, Gail Galicia and Tercero González were arrested at a house in Odessa, where the truck picked up the young woman and other migrants.
Inside the vehicle, officials found not only the body of the young woman, but also other immigrants who had entered the US illegally, books of accounting and more than a hundred mobile phones.
In their guilty statements, the detainees confessed that they managed a human trafficking organization. In addition, they were responsible for the transportation of the woman who died.
The investigation relates to the recent indictment and arrest of four individuals in Guatemala. They are believed to have facilitated the illegal migration of people from this country to the Americas, who were passing through Mexico in exchange for a payment of $10,000 to $12,000.
Two Guatemalan citizens pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit human trafficking, resulting in the death of a migrant in Odessa, Texas, in 2021. pic.twitter.com/VlI6BF4bmC
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