The investigation was conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
Lewey Martinez, 31, of Falfurrias, pleaded guilty Nov. 14 to alien smuggling and harboring before Senior U.S. District Judge Janis Graham Jack. The government detailed that for five years,
Shortly after the group's arrival, two brush guides drove to the stash house with an additional alien who died from exposure and dehydration.
Following his arrest,
Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey D. Preston, Southern District of Texas, prosecuted the case.