|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE||ANGELA DODGE|
|FRIDAY, DEC. 19, 2014||PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICER|
Mexican National Indicted in Death of Two Smuggled Aliens
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – A grand jury in has returned an indictment charging Amurabi Medina-Cruz, 21, with conspiracy to transport illegal aliens and eight counts of transporting an illegal alien, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson.
The nine-count indictment was returned Dec. 17, 2014. The Mexican national is set to make his initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge B. Janice Ellington at 9:30 a.m. today, at which time the government expects to request his continued detention pending further criminal proceedings.
According to court records, on the morning of Dec. 3, 2014, U.S. Border Patrol (BP) agents learned that individuals had been observed coming out of the brush and getting into a green Chevy Tahoe on Highway 285. BP agents soon located a vehicle matching the description and initiated a traffic stop. The Chevy Tahoe initially moved to the shoulder and appeared if it was going to stop, then allegedly accelerated away from agents. The criminal complaint alleges that as the Chevy Tahoe fled the scene, it rolled off the road into an embankment.
At the scene of the accident, BP agents found Medina-Cruz, along with eight other illegal aliens. As a result of the accident, court records indicate that a Guatemalan National was found deceased and trapped under the vehicle. Another victim, a Mexican National, was also pronounced dead, according to the complaint.
Medina-Cruz was arrested at the scene.
If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in prison on each charge as well as a $250,000 fine.