Texas man tries to smuggle people into U.S. in flag-draped coffin

1/26/2022 11:02:00 AM

Texas man tries to smuggle people into U.S. in flag-draped coffin

Texas, Galveston

Texas man tries to smuggle people into U.S. in flag-draped coffin

Federal prosecutors in Texas say Zachary Taylor Blood told authorities that a 'Navy guy' was in the coffin.

Published: Jan. 26, 2022, 3:00 a.m.ByCliff Pinckard, cleveland.comCORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — A Texas man faces up to five years in prison after he admitted to trying to smuggle people into the U.S. in a flag-draped coffin.Zachary Taylor Blood, 33, of Galveston, pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of alien smuggling, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas. Blood will be sentenced on May 11.

Prosecutors say Blood drove a gray van modified to transport caskets to a border patrol checkpoint on Oct. 26, 2021. Authorities spotted a coffin in the back of the van.When asked what he was transporting, Blood said, “Dead guy, Navy guy,” prosecutors say. Authorities were suspicious because the coffin was in poor condition and the American flag was taped to the top with packing tape.

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26, 2022, 3:01 a.m. 24 against a former Lake Worth police officer alleging the officer ran him over while the man was running away in November 2020. | Published: Jan. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) he intends to run and win reelection amid a federal investigation into his activities. 26, 2022, 3:00 a. READ MORE: Bates was unarmed but did not pull over for a traffic stop due to a license plate issue while riding a motorcycle.m. "We have video evidence of him shooting our constable," said Finner, who released a photo of Rosales and pleaded for the public to share any information they had about the suspect.

By Cliff Pinckard, cleveland. Lake Worth Police Chief J. What he's saying: In a video released on Twitter, Cuellar reiterated that he is fully cooperating with law enforcement and "committed to ensuring that justice in the law is upheld.com CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — A Texas man faces up to five years in prison after he admitted to trying to smuggle people into the U.S. Manoushagian said Granado initiated the traffic stop because the license plate was obscured and he thought the motorcycle might be stolen. in a flag-draped coffin." "I pride myself on being your congressman and always doing things honestly ethically and in the right way," he added. Zachary Taylor Blood, 33, of Galveston, pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of alien smuggling, according to a news release from the U. The chase didn’t last long as Bates wrecked the motorcycle and ran across a field. Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said Rosales has been charged with capital murder in Galloways' death.

S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas. He said Bates was not run over." Go deeper. Blood will be sentenced on May 11. Prosecutors say Blood drove a gray van modified to transport caskets to a border patrol checkpoint on Oct. Chief Manoushagian said he reached out to Grand Prairie Police to handle a criminal investigation while Lake Worth internal affairs handled an internal investigation. 26, 2021. Ted Heap, Harris County Constable Precinct 5 via Facebook Harris County, Texas, Precinct 5 Constable Charles Galloway, 47, is seen in this undated photo.

Authorities spotted a coffin in the back of the van. Police said those injuries could have occurred when he lost control of the motorcycle. When asked what he was transporting, Blood said, “Dead guy, Navy guy,” prosecutors say. Authorities were suspicious because the coffin was in poor condition and the American flag was taped to the top with packing tape. Those charges were dismissed in August 2021. Law-enforcement officials inspected the coffin and found two men from Mexico inside. Both were in the U. The officer resigned from the police department and Chief Manoushagian said that was a decision the department supported. This is a ruthless, savage execution and somebody like this needs to be removed from the streets quickly.

S. illegally, prosecutors say. He said the officer used poor judgment. The men told authorities they paid a smuggler to get them to San Antonio. They said that after crossing a river into the United States, they were taken to a parking lot where Blood was waiting for them.com Staff The CBS DFW team is a group of experienced journalists who along with our many CBS 11 reporters, bring you content on CBSDFW. He had them get into the coffin and began driving north. He said Galloway did not have an opportunity to defend himself.

Blood will be held in custody until his sentencing, prosecutors say.. In addition to a possible prison sentence, he also faces a fine of up to $250,000. Note to readers: if you purchase something through one of our affiliate links we may earn a commission. Disclaimer .