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Customs agent sentenced for failed human smuggling attempt

January 14, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Customs agent sentenced for failed human smuggling attempt

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A former customs agent was hit with prison time for his participation in a failed human smuggling plot.

According to a Justice Department press release, former U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer, 55-year-old Sabas Salinas, appeared before U.S. District Judge Micaela Alvarez.

The judge sentenced him to two years in behind bars for his role in the human smuggling plot. Salinas pleaded guilty to conspiring to transport illegals back in November.

A federal indictment accused the former officer of using his position at an international port of entry to permit an undocumented immigrant illegally enter the U.S.

Salinas’ conviction stemmed from an investigation that was launched in August 2017.

Federal prosecutors said the former customs agent, who was stationed at the port of entry in Progreso, Texas agreed to assist San Juana Sifuentes, 48, transport an undocumented immigrant through his inspection area.

Sifuentes approached one of the inspection lanes where Salinas attempted to help her smuggle 46-year-old Asiano Uresti Segundo, a previously deported Mexican national from Reynosa. The plot failed when other CBP officers discovered that Uresti Segundo was illegally in the country and took him and Sifuentes into custody.

The investigation into the failed smuggling effort led to the arrest of Salinas one month later.

Sifuentes pleaded guilty to conspiring to transport illegal immigrants and is awaiting sentencing. Uresti Segundo pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful re-entry and is also awaiting sentencing.

Salinas has remained in custody since he was arrested. He is waiting to be transported to the U.S Bureau of Prisons.

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