- Associated Press - Friday, October 10, 2014

BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) - Officials say three Fort Hood soldiers have been arrested in an ongoing investigation related to the transporting and harboring of people who have entered the U.S. illegally.

Prosecutors said Thursday that the indictment charges the three active-duty soldiers, two 20-year-olds and a 21-year-old. Also named in the indictment is a 45-year-old man who is an alleged smuggler form the Harlingen area.

The seven-count indictment alleges one count of conspiracy to transport and harbor people who entered the U.S. illegally, and six counts of transporting undocumented immigrants.

Prosecutors say one of the soldiers was initially arrested last month after allegedly trying to smuggle two undocumented immigrants past a checkpoint while wearing his military uniform.

If convicted, each faces up to 10 years in federal prison and a possible $250,000 fine.



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