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Guide in human smuggling ring is sentenced

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SAN DIEGO (AP) — A man who served as a foot guide in a smuggling ring headed by two ex-Border Patrol agents has been sentenced to five years and 10 months in prison.

The U-T San Diego ( ) reports Armando Garcia agreed not to appeal his conviction in exchange for the sentence handed down Monday. Garcia was found guilty last year of conspiracy and human smuggling for financial gain.

The two former agents, brothers Raul and Fidel Villarreal, were convicted of smuggling hundreds of people into the United States in Border Patrol vehicles. Authorities said Garcia led people across the U.S.-Mexico border and into the vehicles.

After the brothers learned about a federal investigation, they fled to Mexico. The Villarreals, along with Garcia, were arrested in 2008 and extradited to the U.S.


Information from: U-T San Diego,

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