A previously deported illegal alien has been sent to prison for his role as the leader of a human smuggling organization. Prosecutors claim the group is responsible for smuggling thousands of illegal immigrants into the U.S.
On Thursday afternoon, Homero Gonzalez Carranza, a 30-year-old previously deported illegal alien from Mexico, went before U.S. District Judge Hayden Head who sentenced him to 12 and a half years in prison to be followed by yet another deportation.
Gonzalez oversaw the transportation of illegal aliens from the Rio Grande Valley to Houston, information provided to Breitbart Texas by the U.S. Attorney’s Office revealed.
He had previously been deported in 2012 for being in the U.S. illegally.
The illegal aliens were harbored in stash houses in Houston until being sent to their final destination. According to prosecutors, in the operation of the criminal organization various illegal immigrants were hurt following high speed chases and crashes.
In one case in April 23, 2014, a driver for the organization drove a vehicle with five immigrants near Premont, Texas, when authorities tried to apprehend him. In the chase that followed soon after, the driver reached speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour before crashing into tree injuring several of the immigrants. Premont is located about 100 miles from the border and is a short distance north of the Falfurrias Border Patrol Checkpoint in Brooks County.
In one case, on March 19, 2014, 115 illegal aliens were being held against their will in a 1400 square feet Houston house with boarded up windows and doors. Breitbart Texas reported extensively on this incident last year.
Gonzalez organization was operational from January 2007 until January 2015 which is around the time when he was arrested at his Houston home following a year-long investigation into the organization.