Mexican Human Smuggler At Crystal Cove State Beach Gets Punished

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OC's Crystal Cove State Beach is a popular destination for smugglers
A federal judge in Orange County has sentenced a 22-year-old human smuggler to prison after immigration officers found a small, blue panga boat overloaded with 24 Mexicans attempting to enter the United States illegally at Crystal Cove State Beach last June.

Jaime Verdin-Gonzalez, the father of two young kids and a charbroiled chicken shop owner with his family in Mexico, admitted that his role in the smuggling operation was to handle fuel for the boat.

The smugglers took roughly $10,000 from each of the passengers, who in the wee hours of the night waded through coastal waters and touched soil but didn't make it far due to awaiting Department of Homeland Security agents using night-vision binoculars.

Verdin-Gonzalez, who has used his time in federal custody in Santa Ana to improve his English skills in a jail program, apologized to U.S. District Court Judge Cormac J. Carney and hoped to receive punishment of no more than one year in prison.

Federal prosecutors inside Orange County's Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse argued for a term of 37 months in custody.

This month, Carney handed the smuggler, whose criminal record in the U.S. had been clean prior to this offense, a term of 30 months.

Coast Guard or Customs and Border Protection (CBP) airplanes and helicopter equipped with radar and thermal imaging technology often detect suspicious boats when they enter the Pacific Ocean near San Diego.

In this case, a federal marine interdiction agent in a plane spotted the boat racing through the water, tracked it for hours and, asked a Coast Guard helicopter unit to takeover surveillance during refueling.

But the helicopter lost the boat in a region with heavy, low clouds, according to a Homeland Security report.

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mehungsolow
mehungsolow

Jon Corzine: (friend of the Obama) Steals $1.6 BILLION from MF Global retirees, pensioners & investors.

Punishment: N O N E

Jaime Verdin-Gonzalez: (NOT a friend of the Obama) Smuggles a few people into the USSA in order to feed his family. Boo hoo, meet the new John Dillinger, right? Not.

Punishment: 37 M O N T H S Federal Prison

Conclusion: If you want to COMMIT CRIME with IMPUNITY, you need to be a FRIEND of the Obama!

Enjoy your new dictatorship Amerika.

canycany
canycany

This guy gets 30 months (and deserved it) but high flying bankers get zippo time after crashing the economy?


You gotta be kidding.

sweetliberty17761776
sweetliberty17761776 topcommenter

Are you sure this smuggler wasnt working for the obams


as smuggling illegals of the children typed into the USA


has been reported 2 weeks back


Of course 


the msm ran from that story like their welfare teammates run from a job offer

Mitchell_Young
Mitchell_Young topcommenter

This is a good indication that the Wall in the San Diego sector is working.


Now we need some interior enforcement. 

paullucas714
paullucas714 topcommenter

In the meantime, 10 guys are waiting to take his place. More pangas are coming and going. More immigrants come, but the same number roughly go back home on their own. And the US citizens are stuck paying to keep this guy incarcerated for 2.5 years at 45 a year.  There must be a change in policy before this bankrupts the nation.

gregbpc
gregbpc topcommenter

$10,000 from each passenger? We're told these people are poor and only want a better life. How do they save up 10k if they are so poor?  

John Hald
John Hald

Ferreal tho^ typical OC justice. Just carry a gun just in case even cops are thugs nowadays

Denice Hess
Denice Hess

And they let Killer Cops Go Free?!?! UNBEILIVEABLE!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wendy Richards
Wendy Richards

Sad & dangerous. I'd just cross the border as a visitor and never return. A lot of my friends have done it that way. Much safer.

tiscarenomatthew
tiscarenomatthew

They get the money from their family that's here already in the states .

gregbpc
gregbpc topcommenter

@tiscarenomatthew That's money they are able to save by working for cash, and sucking benefits for their anchor babies.  Don't tell me they just come here to work.  They have the whole system figured out, and the politicians (especially democrats) and apologists help them do it.

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