Rosalinda Trevino, 34, of Staples, was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment by a U.S. District court last week for her role in a conspiracy to harbor aliens and transport aliens.
Trevino is the last defendant in a 2008 Hays County human smuggling case. U.S. Immigration and Customs (ICE) conducted the investigation, along with the San Marcos Police Department (SMPD).
On July 16, 2008, federal and local authorities executed a search warrant at a mobile home in San Marcos leased by Rosalinda Trevino-Alvarez. They discovered about 25 illegal aliens from Honduras, El Salvador, Mexico and Nicaragua who were being forcibly detained pending payment of smuggling fees by friends and family.
Court documents said the defendants conspired, from January 2003 to July 2008, to cause or conduct wire transfers totaling about $1 million in derived proceeds from the illegal alien smuggling operation.
The other seven defendants in the criminal scheme were sentenced on Jan. 27 for various criminal schemes related to human smuggling, hostage taking and money laundering.
U.S. District Court Judge Lee Yeakel imposed the following sentences:
* Argeo Salgado-Ortega, 31, citizen of Mexico, was sentenced to 150-month term of imprisonment — 120 months on a gun charge and 30 months for bringing in and harboring aliens. He also received five-year supervised release.
* Saul Romero-Salgado, 44, citizen of Mexico, was sentenced to 144 months and three years supervised release. Romero-Salgado was convicted of hostage taking and being in possession of a firearm during a commission of a crime.
* Julio Cesar Salgado-Ortega, 26, citizen of Mexico, was sentenced to 71 months and three years supervised release. He was convicted for harboring and transporting illegal aliens.
* Fulgencio Loredo-Rubio, 41, citizen of Mexico, was sentenced to 63 months with three years of supervised release following his sentence. He was sentenced for conspiracy to commit money laundering.
* Humberto Alcides Salgado-Ortega aka: Alejandro Ortega-Salgado, 28, citizen of Mexico, was sentenced to serve 37 months in prison with three years of supervised release. He convicted of conspiracy to smuggle and harbor aliens.
* Sandra Leija, 34, of Austin, was sentenced to 24 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release for conspiracy to commit money laundering.
* Luz Maria Garcia-Garza, 27, Rio Grande City, was sentenced to 21 months for conspiracy and transporting illegal aliens. Garcia-Garza also received three years supervised release.
“This case exemplifies the mission of ICE, which is to combat smuggling and dismantle criminal organizations run by those who exploit our borders with little regard for human life,” said Jerry Robinette, special agent in charge for the ICE Office of Investigations in San Antonio.
The following defendants were sentenced to five years probation for conspiracy to commit money laundering: Juanita Trevino, 54, Staples; Concepcion Loredo, 25, Austin; Marisavette Leija, 28, Sugarland; Wendy Nadine-Adame, 26, San Marcos; and Leticia Miranda, 37, San Marcos.
Randy Rene Contreras, 31, of Maxwell, received three years of probation and $1,800 fine for money laundering. Mary Salinas, 62, San Marcos, received five years probation for her role in harboring illegal aliens. Leslie Denise-Varga, 32, San Marcos, received three years probation for conspiracy to commit money laundering.
Three remain fugitives with outstanding criminal warrants; Mario Alberto-Salgado, Miriam Salgado and Luis Loredo-Rubio.
“The San Marcos Police Department is pleased to have been part of a team of law enforcement agencies from across Central Texas, including federal authorities, to break up a human trafficking ring,” said SMPD Chief Howard Williams. “The successful prosecution of the members of this conspiracy is a demonstration of what we can accomplish when we cooperate to investigate serious criminal violations.”
Assisting ICE in the ongoing investigation are the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigation Office, the Hays County Sheriff’s Office, the Austin Police Department and the SMPD.
Assistant U.S. Attorneys Michelle Fernald and Anthony Brown, Western District of Texas, prosecuted the case.