In a recent development, a 43-year-old Florida man, Joan Rincon, has been sentenced to federal prison after being convicted of transporting undocumented aliens, according to U.S. Attorney Alamdar S. Hamdani.
Rincon, who pleaded guilty on July 27, has been ordered by U.S. District Judge David S. Morales to serve 25 months in federal prison, followed by two years of supervised release. The court learned during the hearing that Rincon had transported aliens, including an unaccompanied minor, in a grain hauler. The judge emphasized the seriousness of the conduct, stating that the 15 transported aliens “deserved better.”
The incident occurred on May 7 when Rincon approached the primary inspection lane at the U.S. Border Patrol (BP) checkpoint near Sarita. A K-9 alerted to the grain hauler he was driving, leading to the discovery of 15 undocumented aliens inside the hauler and an additional five in the cabin. One individual described the challenging conditions inside, mentioning the high temperature, lack of water, profuse sweating, and the fear of passing out due to the heat.
Rincon has been allowed to remain on bond and will voluntarily surrender to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility, the location of which will be determined in the near future.
The investigation was conducted by BP and Homeland Security Investigations, with Assistant U.S. Attorney Tyler Foster prosecuting the case.