Man sentenced in connection with smuggling attempt

January 13, 2018 GMT

McALLEN — A federal judge Friday sentenced a San Angelo man to time served in connection with a smuggling attempt near Escobares, according to court records.

Priciliano Martinez Jr., who had been in custody since his arrest last summer, will remain on supervised release for three years as part of his sentence and will be confined to his home for the first two months of his release, according to court notes.

Martinez, 39, was arrested in August 2017 after U.S. Border Patrol agents witnessed his attempt to smuggle into the country three undocumented immigrants near the Rio Grande, according to the criminal complaint against Martinez.

“On August 25, 2017, a border patrol agent patrolling the Rio GrandeRiver near Escobares, Texas, observed three subjects on a raft crossing the river from Mexico. The agent relayed this information via his service radio and proceeded to the area where the raft was going to make landfall,” the complaint states.

The trio, later determined to be from Brazil, Honduras and a third unidentified country, exited the raft in an area notorious for human smuggling, known as “Eagle Street Trail,” and made their way toward a green Ford Expedition.

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