Posted: Nov 14, 2012 12:36 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI - A Falfurrias man has plead guilty to his role in an immigrant smuggling scheme that resulted in a 24-year-old Mexican man's death last year.
Lewey Martinez, 31, admitted in court that he took part in a human smuggling operation for five years. On September 15, 2011, Martinez made arrangements for 20 immigrants to be lead by guides around the Border Patrol checkpoint in Falfurrias, then to a stash house on his property.
Prosecutors say one of the immigrants died as a result of exposure and dehydration during the trek. The man's body was loaded into a truck, taken to an intersection and dumped. Martinez then called from a payphone to let police know where to find the body.
In a release, court officials did not detail how Martinez was found to be connected to the body.
He now faces up to 20 years in federal prison.
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