For their role in the conspiracy to smuggle migrants through a U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint, two former U.S. Army Soldiers stationed in Fort Hood were sentenced almost to two years. To avoid suspicion, the soldiers wore uniforms.
Emmanuel Oppongagyare (22) & Ralph Gregory Saint-Joie (19) were sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Diana Saldana to 21 and 13 monthly imprisonment, respectively for conspiracy to smuggle immigrants. In August 2021, both men pleaded guilty.
Saldana acknowledged that both men were hard workers and tried their best to make their smuggling endeavors successful during sentencing.
On June 13, 2021 Oppongagyare, Saint-Joie and a sedan drove across the Hebbronville Border Patrol Checkpoint. Authorities asked the pair about where they were going. They said that they were heading from McAllen to San Antonio. Border Patrol agents asked them why they made that detour. A police dog alerted the trunk and authorities discovered two migrants. Oppongagyare, Saint-Joie had their military uniforms on the car.
Federal prosecutors found out that another soldier was responsible for Oppongagyare’s recruitment and Saint-Joie’s help in transporting migrants. Oppongagyare claimed he drove the vehicle and was paid $100 gas.
Breitbart Texas reports that Fort Hood’s other soldiers have also been sentenced or convicted of similar crimes.
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