Jury Convicts Smuggler Of Immigrant Deaths

NY Times

Houston — Overcoming an initial deadlock, a federal jury here on Wednesday convicted three South Texans in a botched human-trafficking scheme that killed 19 illegal immigrants sealed in a trailer bound north from the Mexican border in 2003.

Eleven people have now been convicted in the case, the nation’s deadliest human-smuggling disaster. Fourteen were charged after the trailer, crammed with at least 74 people from Mexico and Central America, was found abandoned at a truck stop in Victoria, Tex., on May 14, 2003, with 17 bodies inside. Two more victims died later.

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