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October 6, 2021Del Rio, TX, United StatesHuman Smuggling/Trafficking

South Texas man sentenced to 20 years for harboring, injuring a noncitizen

DEL RIO, Texas – A South Texas man was sentenced Oct. 6 to 235 months in prison for causing serious bodily injury to a noncitizen.

Special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Eagle Pass office conducted the investigation with the assistance of U.S. Border Patrol (USBP) Del Rio Sector and Maverick County Sheriff’s Office.

Jorge Estrada Torres, 34, from Quemado, Texas, also was ordered to serve three years supervised release after completing his sentence. Torres pleaded guilty June 1.

“This case illustrates the dangerous actions human smugglers are willing to take to ensure personal profit,” said Shane Folden, special agent in charge for HSI San Antonio. “HSI is committed to bringing to justice the criminal organizations that prey on the vulnerable with no regard for the well-being of the people they smuggle.”

According to court documents, on Oct. 10, 2019, Torres was overseeing a group of noncitizens inside a Quemado residence when a shooting occurred. The investigation revealed that Torres shot a Honduran man in the abdomen area. The victim underwent emergency surgery and survived the incident.

Torres remains in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.

Assistant U.S. Attorney James Ward, of the Western District of Texas, is prosecuting the case.

HSI is a directorate of ICE and the principal investigative arm of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), responsible for investigating transnational crime and threats, specifically those criminal organizations that exploit the global infrastructure through which international trade, travel and finance move.  HSI’s workforce of over 10,400 employees consists of more than 7,100 special agents assigned to 220 cities throughout the United States, and 80 overseas locations in 53 countries. HSI’s international presence represents DHS’s largest investigative law enforcement presence abroad and one of the largest international footprints in U.S. law enforcement.

Updated: 10/13/2021