Two illegal aliens were sentenced to federal prison Thursday, April 12, for conspiracy to transport and harbor illegal aliens, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson. This investigation was conducted by the Houston Police Department (HPD) and U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
Denis Sosa, 20, an illegal alien from
On Oct. 24, 2011, HPD officers obtained information regarding possible narcotics trafficking occurring at a residence on Avenue K in
Officers then entered the residences, and they observed Solorio in the upper residence and numerous smuggled aliens, most wearing only underwear, leap out of the second story windows trying to escape. All were apprehended shortly afterwards.
HSI subsequently interviewed the aliens and determined they were illegally in the
Sosa and Solorio have been in custody where they will remain pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prison facility in the near future. Barriga, who is also in custody, will be sentenced April 19; he faces a maximum of 10 years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Doug Davis, Southern District of Texas, is prosecuting the case.