SAN DIEGO, Calif. (CNS) - A Fallbrook couple who admitted being part of smuggling organization that brought more than 100 illegal immigrants into the United States from Mexico was sentenced Monday to federal prison terms.
Maria Del Carmen Alvarez and Indalecio Alvarez-Montoya, who pleaded guilty to conspiring to bring in illegal aliens for financial gain and filing a false income tax return, were sentenced to 37 months and 21 months behind bars, respectively.
U.S. District Judge Marilyn Huff also imposed a Criminal Forfeiture order in the amount of $606,770, which represents the total amount of alien smuggling proceeds obtained by the defendants from 2000 through 2005, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
According to court papers, Maria Del Carmen Alvarez admitted making arrangements to have the illegal aliens brought into the United States through the San Ysidro Port of Entry by having them present false immigration documents or by hiding them in the trunk of a vehicle.
The defendants admitted making arrangements to have the illegal immigrants transported to their residence in Fallbrook and sheltering the undocumented residents in a guesthouse before their sponsors wired money to pay the smuggling fees.
Prosecutors said the defendants also jointly filed a false tax return that understated their total income and tax due for the year 2003.
Police were involved a pursuit late Saturday that ended with a deadly officer-involved shooting in Escondido.
Two people died early Sunday morning after a high-speed chase ended in a head-on crash in North County.
A man was shot and killed by police at an officer- involved shooting in Escondido, a sheriff's lieutenant said Sunday.
An approaching winter storm is poised to open an "atmospheric river" of subtropical rain clouds on Southern California this week, but the San Diego area is expected to see just a fraction of that moisture, forecasters said Sunday.
A man threw rocks at vehicles on Interstate 5 near Imperial Beach Sunday, and threatened police with a pickaxe as he ran into a riverbed.
San Diego Sen. Toni Atkins will make history Wednesday when she becomes the first woman and first lesbian to hold the California Senate's top job.
A 16-year-old boy was allegedly drunk when he crashed his car into a stopped vehicle, pinning a motorist between two bumpers, police said Sunday.
A 27-year-old man suffered fatal injuries as the result of a "punching game'' inside of a bar Saturday morning in the Gaslamp
neighborhood of San Diego.
A large plume of smoke filled the sky in Miramar on Saturday morning after a concrete supply building went up in flames.
SANDAG began removing call boxes along urban highways throughout the San Diego region this month and will continue to do so through June, reflecting a decrease in call volume due to the increase in cell phone ownership.