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Illegal aliens sentenced for human smuggling conspiracy, unlawful return after felony conviction

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GULFPORT, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Two illegal aliens have been sentenced by a Gulfport judge for a human smuggling conspiracy and their unlawful return after felony conviction

36-year-old Luis Enrique Moran-Vargaz was sentenced Monday to eight months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release for conspiracy to transport illegal aliens within the United States.

As a result of this felony conviction, Moran-Vargas will face removal proceedings by the Department of Homeland Security upon the completion of his prison sentence. If he's removed and unlawfully returns to the U.S. during his period of supervised release, he could face additional penalties.

Moran-Vargas and 50-year-old Juan Antonio Martinez-Alonso, one of the passengers he was transporting, both pleaded guilty on January 23 before a judge in Gulfport.

Martinez-Alonso was sentenced Monday to nine months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release for illegally re-entering the U.S. after being lawfully removed following a felony conviction.

He will also face removal proceedings upon his release from prison and could face additional penaties if he's removed and unlawfully returns to the U.S. during his period of supervised release.

On November 28, 2017, a Dodge Ram pick-up truck driven by Moran-Vargaz with Martinez-Alonso as a passenger was stopped by a Gautier police officer on I-10 in Jackson County for speeding in a construction zone.

While the Dodge Ram was designed to seat five people, the police officer observed that in addition to the driver, there were six unidentified passengers in the vehicle. The vehicle occupants provided Mexican identification documents and the six passengers could not be identified by the driver.

U.S. Border Patrol was notified and a border patrol agent responded to the scene.

None of the vehicle occupants had proper documents and were all in the U.S. illegally. All occupants were arrested and further investigation revealed that Martinez-Alonso had been previously removed from the U.S. twice in 2016 after a lawful removal order had been issued.

He had also been convicted of this same offense in 2016 in the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico.

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