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December 13, 2007

Oceanside Man Gets 41 Months For Smuggling Invaders

Posted in: Crime, Border crossing

NC Times

SAN DIEGO — An Oceanside man has been sentenced to nearly three and a half years in federal prison for his role in an illegal-immigrant smuggling operation based in North County, court documents show.

Ricardo Roberto Gonzalez-Camacena, 37, pleaded guilty in August to charges of conspiracy to transport and move illegal immigrants within the United States and filing a false tax return, according to court documents.

U.S. District Judge Barry Ted Moskowitz also ordered Gonzalez-Camacena to forfeit to the United States his Oceanside residence and more than $343,000 in cash.

Gonzalez-Camacena’s attorney, Philip DeMassa, said Wednesday that his client received the sentence recommended in his plea agreement. The prison term was at the low end of what federal sentencing guidelines provided for, but was more severe than what other defendants in the case received because Moskowitz made a finding that Gonzalez-Camacena was the leader of the group, DeMassa said.

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