Texas man pleads guilty to smuggling migrants in coffin — Analysis

Two Mexican migrants effectively ‘rose from the dead’ after an attempt to transport them in a flag-draped coffin was busted by US border agents

Zachary Taylor Blood, a Texas native, has pleaded guilty to one count of alien smuggling after his plan to transport two Mexican migrants to the city of San Antonio was thwarted by US Border Patrol (BP) officials at the internal checkpoint around 70 miles north of the US-Mexico border.

The border agents spotted a coffin draped in an American flag in the back of Blood’s van as he was passing through a checkpoint near the city of Falfurrias. Blood claimed that he was going on a trip with his wife. “dead Navy guy”The fact that his coffin was placed in the ground is a tribute to him. “poor condition”And had the flag “taped to the top with packing tape”The agents were compelled to believe foul play.

Two illegal immigrants were found inside the coffin after agents briefly examined it, according to the US Department of Justice in a Tuesday statement. The officials were told by one of the migrants that he had paid up to $6,000 for a smuggler in order to get him and his cousin to the US. Blood wasn’t the only element of this elaborate plan. They were helped across the river to the US by Blood, then they were shown to Blood in a parking garage. Blood told them to climb into his coffin and drive north.

The incident took place on October 26, 2021, and Blood – who now faces up to five years behind bars – has remained in custody ever since. Blood is scheduled to be in court on May 11 for his sentencing hearing.

Texas is struggling to stop the undocumented migration from Mexico that has reached record levels. Texas Governor Greg Abbott initiated his own border enforcement, accusing Biden of failing to do enough to implement the law. Jan Soifer of County District Court ruled Operation Lone Star inconstitutional. This was the governor’s attempt to stop illegal people trafficking.

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