SAN DIEGO (CNS) - An 85-year-old Chula Vista woman who ran a human smuggling organization out of a Tijuana hotel, bringing undocumented immigrants across the Mexican border into the United States over a period of decades, was sentenced Thursday to 2 1/2 years in federal prison, as was her daughter.
Felicitas Gurrola De Mason pleaded guilty in August to conspiracy to bring illegal aliens into the United States for financial gain.
Before her arrest, Gurrola De Mason spoke in a secretly recorded conversation of using counterfeit immigration documents to get immigrants into the country for "over 40 years," according to court records.
Two years ago, an informant alerted U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to the operation, which sometimes brought in scores of undocumented people per month, according to the government. The smuggling fee was $3,500 per illegal alien, prosecutors said.
Gurrola De Mason, who oversaw the operation, was charged in April with 10 others, including her 54-year-old daughter.
Hilda Patricia Moreno Gurrola also pleaded guilty and was given the same sentence as her mother by U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw.
The San Diego California Highway Patrol showed off their lip sync skills Thursday in their rendition of the popular song "Danger Zone" with a Tom Cruise look-alike.
A red flag warning will be in effect from 3 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday for San Diego County mountains and inland valleys as Santa Ana winds make a return to the region – combining low humidity levels and warm temperatures to create the potential for dangerous, wind-driven wildfires.
Warm and dry conditions are expected to last through Saturday. Gusty northeast winds in the mountains and valleys are expected to increase the risk of fire danger in the region.
The Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego on released a ceremonial gunfire noise advisory for Friday, October 19th, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Strong and gusty Santa Ana winds, low humidity and warm temperatures prompted the National Weather Service to issue a red flag fire warning Friday denoting a strong risk of wildfire in San Diego County.
Inmates at Las Colinas Detention and Re-Entry Facility in Santee are getting their hands dirty as part of the Fresh Start Farms program – which helps women learn valuable job skills before they are released.
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A man who allegedly murdered the proprietor of an East Village flooring-materials store at the victim's downtown business while wearing a Halloween-style old-lady mask is in custody, facing charges of murder and robbery. San Diego police reported Thursday.
An unidentified man sneaked into an East County home early Thursday and sexually assaulted a 7-year-old girl, authorities reported.