Man recruited soldiers as smugglers, pleas to conspiracy

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A 51-year-old man charged with being part of an operation recruiting Fort Hood soldiers to smuggle non citizens has entered a guilty plea to conspiracy to transport and harbor undocumented aliens and illegal re-entry after deportation.

Victoriano Zamora-Jasso also known as ” Tata” made the appearance in federal court just before jury selection was to begin for his trial.

Court papers say he began supplying aliens for another man who would make arrangements to transport the aliens through the immigration checkpoint at Sarita.

It was then that a group of soldiers, who were all at the time on active duty at Fort Hood, was organized to transport and deliver the aliens further north.

The soldiers included  23-year-old Brandon troy Robbins of San Antonio, 24-year-old Eric Alexander Rodriguez of Odem, Texas, 23-year-old Christopher Davide Wix of San Antonio and 27-year-old Yashira Perez-Morales of Watertown, New York. 

Federal authorities say the conspiracy was active from March to September of 2014.

The soldiers would conceal the aliens under their military gear and made many successful trips during the course of the conspiracy.

Azmora-Jasso was indicted in 2016 and arrested after a traffic stop in Conroe in July 2017.

Monday he admitted his involvement in the conspiracy and to being a previously convicted alien who had illegally returned after being deported in 2013.

The soldiers have already  been sentence to federal prison terms ranging from 12 to 20 months and five years probation.

Sentencing for Zamora-Jasso is scheduled for May 9 and faces up to ten years in federal prison and a maximum fine of  $250,000.

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