Mexican citizen convicted of harboring migrants in San Benito

SAN BENITO, Texas (ValleyCentral) – A Mexican illegally residing in San Benito was sentenced to federal prison for harboring undocumented persons, among other things, federal prosecutors said.

Early Thursday morning, Garcia-Torres was sentenced to 48 months in federal prison. Due to his immigration status, Garcia-Torres is expected to be deported after his incarceration, the US Attorney’s Office said in a statement.

On July 28, 22-year-old Edgar Garcia-Torres pleaded guilty to harboring undocumented individuals in the United States for commercial gain and personal financial gain, possessing a firearm while in the country illegally, and illegally re-entering the United States.

García-Torres admitted to harboring between 50 and 60 undocumented people at the San Benito residence.

Nearly a month before his announcement, Garcia-Torres was found hiding migrants at the San Benito residence. A search of a second home located on Bowie Street resulted in the seizure of two firearms belonging to Garcia-Torres. The stolen firearms were valued at $17,500.

Garcia-Torres will remain in custody pending transfer to a US Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.

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