"In one of the more egregious smuggling cases in recent months, a 24-year-old Austin man was charged with transporting illegal aliens resulting in death on March 15. The driver, Sebastian Tovar, failed to stop when a Texas state trooper attempted to pull him over for speeding near the border town of Del Rio, according to court documents.
“Tovar led the trooper on a chase for approximately 50 miles, at times reaching speeds over 100 miles per hour,” the documents state. “Traveling north into the southbound lane on Highway 277, Tovar collided with another vehicle head-on, resulting in the death of eight illegal aliens that had been in Tovar’s pickup truck.”
The driver and passenger of the vehicle that Tovar collided with were hospitalized in stable condition.
A second vehicle carrying 12 illegal aliens was stopped near the crash site.
Tovar, who remains in federal custody, faces up to life in federal prison if convicted, according to the Department of Justice.
The minimum sentence for smuggling is generally two years of prison time for each person the individual smuggled. Sentencing escalates depending on injury, death, and prior convictions."https://www.theepochtimes.com/mkt_morningbrief/smuggling-illegal-aliens-around-border-patrol-is-booming-business-for-drivers_3863103.html?utm_source=Morningbrief&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=mb-2021-06-18&mktids=e78ea2b2f723eddacb195cbbba3a506e&est=ef%2F4M8FKPnrIc4Hywp9wdF48fv1ktwYCNOd9uo8Vd9kyBGog7tpzTik700APmAWHa8DU