Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Angel M. Melendez, Special Agent in Charge of the New York Field Office of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (“ICE”) Homeland Security Investigations (“HSI”), today announced the unsealing of an Indictment and a Complaint, which together charge a total of 10 defendants with conspiring to conceal, harbor, and shield from detection, and move and transport, illegal aliens across the Mexico-United States border and into the New York City area. Seven defendants were taken into custody today; three defendants remain at large. The six defendants who were arrested in Texas will be presented and arraigned before United States Magistrate Judges in the Southern and Western Districts of Texas; one of the defendants, CARLOS SANTANA, was arrested in Brooklyn, New York, and will be presented before U.S. Magistrate Judge Gabriel W. Gorenstein later today.
|MARIA DEL CARMEN VASQUEZ||41||San Antonio, TX|
|JORGE VASQUEZ-RAMIREZ||39||San Antonio, TX|
|JUAN JOSE JIMENEZ BRAVO, a/k/a “Juan Carlos”||34||Laredo, TX|
|MAYTE ZUNIGA BRACHO||36||McAllen, TX|
|ENARDYS FERNANDEZ||42||Round Rock, TX|
|JORGE GONZALEZ, a/k/a “Jorgito,” a/k/a “Barbie”||46||Laredo, TX|
|ELSA GUADALUPE DURAN, a/k/a “Elsa Cruz”||48||Laredo, TX|