CORPUS CHRISTI (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — A Mexican trucker must serve 2½ years in a U.S. prison for trying to smuggle 53 immigrants in a refrigerated trailer through a South Texas border checkpoint.
Luis Valero-Carrizales was sentenced Thursday in Corpus Christi. The 39-year-old Valero-Carrizales in April pleaded guilty to conspiracy to transport undocumented immigrants.
Prosecutors say Valero-Carrizales was in the U.S. on a visitor visa when he was arrested in December as the immigrants were found behind a load of produce in the truck at the Falfurrias checkpoint. The temperature inside the refrigerated trailer was 54 degrees.
The immigrants were detained. Authorities didn’t report anyone injured.
Valero-Carrizales is expected to be deported after his release from federal prison.
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