Smuggler imprisoned after rolling vehicle multiple times | USAO-SDTX

LAREDO, Texas – A 24-year-old Laredo man has been ordered to federal prison following his conviction for knowingly conspiring to transport an undocumented alien resulting in serious bodily injury, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick.

Oziel Rodriguez pleaded guilty Nov. 4, 2019.  

Today, U.S. District Judge Marina Garcia Marmolejo ordered him to serve a 72-month sentence to be immediately followed by three years of supervised release. At the hearing, the court noted this was one of the worst cases she has seen.

On Aug. 2, 2019, Rodriguez was driving a truck in Laredo near the Rio Grande River. Authorities observed several people trying to hide in the truck’s bed and attempted to stop the vehicle. However, Rodriguez attempted to flee and soon hit a curb which rolled the vehicle multiple times. He then fled the scene. 

Law enforcement apprehended Rodriguez a short time later as well as a total of 11 undocumented aliens, eight of whom suffered injuries such as multiple fractures and head injuries. 

Rodriguez has been and will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.

Immigration and Custom Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations conducted the investigation with the assistance of Border Patrol. Assistant U.S. Attorney April Ayers-Perez prosecuted the case.

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