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Zapata resident sentenced to four years for human smuggling

The incident happened on January 21st when Navarro told agents at the I-35 checkpoint that he was transporting furniture
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Published: Oct. 15, 2020 at 7:36 AM CDT
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LAREDO, Tex. (KGNS) -A Zapata man will spend nearly four years in federal prison for conspiracy to transport undocumented immigrants.

Thirty-year-old Leonidas Navarro Jr. pleaded guilty to the charges back in June 8th.

The incident happened on January 21st when Navarro drove a white Volvo tractor trailer to the I-35 checkpoint. Navarro claimed that he was transporting furniture but could not provide a bill or any other paperwork.

A canine alerted agents to individuals hiding in the vehicle, but rather than comply Navarro veered off the road and attempted to flee.

Agents eventually found him hiding at a ranch nearby and found 63 undocumented immigrants hiding inside the trailer.

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