Mexican National Found Guilty of Transporting Unaccompanied Minor from Mexico

San Ysidro, California - 11/26/2018: The secured border fence and road for United States border patrol vehicles on the US - Mexico international border in California

DEL RIO – Today a federal jury convicted a Mexican national for illegally transporting an unaccompanied child from Mexico.

According to court documents and evidence presented at trial, Victor Manuel Monsivais, 67, was apprehended at 1 a.m. in an HEB parking lot in south San Antonio transporting an unaccompanied 8-year-old child from Mexico.  Monsivais intended to give the child back to another person involved in smuggling the child from Mexico into the United States.  Special agents with HSI, as well as officers from the San Antonio Police Department, were waiting for Monsivais at the HEB based on investigative intelligence about the intended exchange.  Monsivais was found guilty of one count of illegal alien transportation.

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Co-defendants Elida Kassandra Moreno, 28, a United States citizen and Nery Uriostegui-Dominguez, 28, a Mexican national, pleaded guilty to bringing in and harboring aliens and conspiracy to bringing in and harboring aliens.  Moreno was sentenced to 36 months in prison and a $1,000 fine on February 20, 2021.  Uriostegui was sentenced to 18 months in prison on April 1, 2020.

U.S. Attorney Ashley C. Hoff of the Western District of Texas and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Acting Special Agent in Charge Craig Larrabee, San Antonio Division, made the announcement.

HSI with assistance from the San Antonio Police Department are investigating the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Joshua Banister and Holly Pavlinski are prosecuting the case.

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