- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 10, 2014

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A San Diego County rancher has been convicted of smuggling people into the country illegally and will forfeit her 76-acre property to the U.S. government.

The U.S. attorney’s office says Kala D. Rains of Potrero was convicted Wednesday of conspiracy and alien smuggling.

She could face up to 10 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine.

Authorities say Rains was part of a group that brought in people illegally from Mexico. Some were harbored on her ranch.

Authorities say some of those who were brought in testified at Rains’ trial that they were charged smuggling fees of up to $7,500.

The operation was dismantled after a two-year undercover investigation.

Three other people previously pleaded guilty for their roles in the conspiracy.


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