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2 years for smuggling immigrants in Va.

A man arrested in Shenandoah County, Va., for smuggling illegal immigrants has been sentenced to two years in prison.

U.S. District Judge Samuel Wilson on Wednesday sentenced 34-year-old Jose Hernandez Juarez, of Mesa, Ariz., on one count of bringing in and harboring aliens.

State police pulled over Juarez on April 1 on Interstate 81 in Mt. Jackson. Three illegal immigrants he'd picked up in Arizona were in the van with him, according to court records. Hernandez said he already had dropped off others in three other southeast states.

Juarez, a Mexican national, was ordered to forfeit the $5,027 police found with him, and will be deported after his prison term.

-- Associated Press

By Washington Post Editors  |  July 16, 2010; 9:47 AM ET
Categories:  From the Courthouse , Virginia  
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Only two years?

Gee,this sends a powerful message to those who traffic in young girls - make untaxed millions and run the risk of two years, with maybe 16 monhts for "good behavior"!

This is a disgrace.

Posted by: cibor | July 17, 2010 9:45 AM | Report abuse

He should have been charged with 3 counts involving the illegals he was caught with that would have upped the prison time!! What happened to the illegals he was transporting??!! I can only guess they were set free!!!!

Posted by: Klimax | July 17, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

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