Two Men Linked To Immigrant Smuggling Ring

Aug 30, 2013

Authorities say two men, including an active member of the U.S. Army, have been linked to a "transnational criminal organization" involved in smuggling immigrants through New Mexico.

A criminal complaint says Carlos Vives Feliciano and Gerald Espinoza helped transport groups of Mexican immigrants suspected of being in the country illegally from Columbus, N.M. to other locations.

Court documents say the men participated in different stages of the smuggling operation.

According to court documents, Feliciano is an active member of the U.S. Army and is stationed at Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas and admitted to helping at least five groups of immigrants for $2,500 a trip.

Neither man has been indicted.

No attorneys are listed for either man.

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