Two defendants were charged Wednesday, April 18, with smuggling a group of illegal aliens from
The indictment charges Demi Mishel Muniz, 33, and Luis Aceituno, 26, both of Hawthorne, Calif., with one count of conspiring to transport and harbor illegal aliens. Already in custody, they are set to appear for a detention hearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge Stephen Wm. Smith April 24.
According to court documents, Muniz and Aceituno transported a group of smuggled aliens from
During the trip, the alien, who was a diabetic, became sick. Sometime later, Muniz allegedly called the wife back and told her that her husband was having health problems and would be dropped off near
The alien's body was later discovered in a ditch at a rest stop outside
Muniz and Aceituno were arrested in
An indictment is a formal accusation of criminal conduct, not evidence. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until convicted through due process of law.
Assistant U.S. Attorney David Searle, Southern District of Texas, is prosecuting the case.