[A-List] National Guardsmen Arrested For Smuggling Illegal Immigrants
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Fri Jun 15 10:35:43 MDT 2007
Three National Guardsmen assigned to stop illegal immigration were
arraigned Monday on charges they ran a border smuggling ring.
Pfc. Jose Rodrigo Torres and Sgt. Julio Cesar Pacheco — both of
Laredo — and Sgt. Clarence Hodge Jr., of Fort Worth, Texas, were
arrested last week.
Authorities found 24 illegal immigrants in a National Guard-rented
van Torres was driving — while in uniform. Prosecutors allege Hodge
helped Torres pass through a checkpoint.
Pacheco is accused of recruiting soldiers to transport the
migrants for up to $3,500 per trip.
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