Texan man admits he tried to smuggle two men into US in a coffin

26/1/2022 8:25:00 AM

Texan man admits he tried to smuggle two men into US in a coffin

https://str.sg/wAyiTEXAS (NYTIMES) - A Texas man pleaded guilty on Tuesday (Jan 26) to attempting to smuggle two men from Mexico into the country in a flag-draped coffin, a crime that federal prosecutors said had been uncovered by a couple of US Border Patrol employees who happened to be military veterans and sensed that something was amiss.

The man, Zachary Taylor Blood, 33, of Galveston, arrived at a Border Patrol immigration checkpoint in a grey Dodge Caravan about noon on Oct 26 near Encino, Texas, about 95km from the US-Mexico border, according to a criminal complaint.When asked by an agent what he was hauling in the van, Blood said,"Dead guy, Navy guy", according to the complaint.

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sg/wAyi TEXAS (NYTIMES) - A Texas man pleaded guilty on Tuesday (Jan 26) to attempting to smuggle two men from Mexico into the country in a flag-draped coffin, a crime that federal prosecutors said had been uncovered by a couple of US Border Patrol employees who happened to be military veterans and sensed that something was amiss. The man, Zachary Taylor Blood, 33, of Galveston, arrived at a Border Patrol immigration checkpoint in a grey Dodge Caravan about noon on Oct 26 near Encino, Texas, about 95km from the US-Mexico border, according to a criminal complaint. GM said its Detroit-Hamtramck and Orion Township plants will be able to build more than 600,000 electric trucks a year by late 2024, with three other plants in Tennessee, Ontario and Mexico boosting the company's total North America EV production capacity to more than a million units by late 2025. When asked by an agent what he was hauling in the van, Blood said,"Dead guy, Navy guy", according to the complaint. The survey indicated a slight downturn in consumers' expectations for inflation amid a surge in prices across the United States. The agent, a military veteran, inspected the van and"immediately noticed a rusty and dented coffin" and saw that an American flag had been"crudely taped" onto the coffin, reinforced with clear packaging tape and a zip tie on a corner, the complaint said. Last year, Ford said it would invest more than US$11 billion in new electric truck and battery plants in Tennessee and Kentucky, along with Korean partner SK Innovation. A dog handler, who is also a veteran, was asked to inspect the van, and upon noticing the tape and condition of the coffin, he"knew this was not standard protocol for funeral procession of a military veteran", the complaint said. There were seven total sailors injured.

During a further inspection, agents found two men - both very much alive - inside the coffin, and the men admitted to being in the United States illegally, according to the complaint. GM's investment includes US$2.1 per cent, while those viewing them as"bad" fell to 25. One of the men found in the coffin told authorities that he had agreed to pay a total of US$6,000 (S$8,060) to reach San Antonio, according to the complaint. He said that he had already paid US$2,000 to cross the Rio Grande. United Auto Workers leaders on Tuesday applauded the Michigan investments and said the union"stands ready to welcome new members" at the GM-LG battery plant and sister facilities in Ohio and Tennessee. The man said he had been joined in the coffin by his cousin, according to the complaint. The share of consumers expecting business conditions to worsen in the next six months rose slightly to 19 per cent, while 23. He said that while they were inside the coffin, they had been able to open it only slightly and that it had been hot and hard to breathe inside, the complaint said. Reuters previously reported many of the details of the new investment in Michigan. The Pentagon said two US Navy Carrier Strike Groups, led by the Carl Vinson and USS Abraham Lincoln began operations in the South China Sea on Sunday.

The two men were held as material witnesses. Mr Simon Purnell, a lawyer representing Blood, said that while smuggling cases are"extremely common" in the Southern District of Texas,"I have never encountered this method to smuggle aliens in the past". Michigan officials said the state contributed US$824 million in incentives, in part to support 4,000 new GM jobs. The share of consumers describing jobs as plentiful fell slightly as well but the survey noted its current 55. The methods involved in smuggling people across the US-Mexico border vary, Mr Purnell said. Sometimes it is one person and a driver in a car; other times dozens of people are crammed into tractor-trailers, he said. A GM press release said production of the two electric vehicles"will continue during the plant's conversion". Last year, at least 10 people died after a van carrying more than two dozen passengers believed to be migrants crashed in South Texas.8 per cent, its lowest level since September.

In 2017, nearly 30 people were hospitalised, and 10 died, after they were found in a sweltering tractor-trailer in Texas. A fourth North American battery plant is planned. "There are also cases where aliens have hidden themselves in vehicles unbeknownst to the driver," Mr Purnell said. Blood has been in custody since he was arrested on Oct 26, according to the US Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Texas. Separately, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer said she is proposing a combined US$2,500 rebate for the purchase of an electric vehicle and charging equipment. Source: AFP/ec. He could face up to five years in a federal prison and a fine of up to US$250,000 when he is sentenced on May 11 in the US District Court in Corpus Christi, Texas, prosecutors said. More On This Topic . Source: Reuters.