DEL RIO – A Quemado man was sentenced last week to 235 months in prison for harboring and causing serious bodily injury to an illegal alien.
According to court records, Jorge Estrada-Torres, 33, harbored an illegal alien who he later shot in the abdomen. On June 1, 2020, Estrada pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to harbor illegal aliens resulting in serious bodily injury, one count of harboring illegal aliens resulting in serious bodily injury and one count of felon in possession of a firearm.
“Human smuggling is a dangerous business focused on profits, not people,” said U.S. Attorney Ashley C. Hoff. “We will proudly stand with our federal, state, and local law enforcement to end this perilous practice and bring human smugglers to justice.”
“This case illustrates the dangerous actions human smugglers are willing to take to ensure personal profit.” said Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent in Charge Shane Folden, San Antonio. “HSI is committed to bringing to justice the criminal organizations that prey on the vulnerable with no regard for the well-being of the people they smuggle.”
HSI investigated the case with assistance from the U.S. Border Patrol, Del Rio Sector and the Maverick County Sheriff’s Office.
Assistant U.S. Attorney James Ward prosecuted the case.
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