- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 14, 2015

HOUSTON (AP) - Three Mexicans face U.S. prison terms for running a boarded-up house in Houston where immigrants were held until relatives could pay the human smugglers.

Jose Heriberto Lopez was sentenced Monday to nearly six years in prison. Prosecutors in Houston say Jose Arenas-Lucero received a two-year term, while Miguel Angel Medina-Ortiz was sentenced to 18 months in prison.

All pleaded guilty last year to conspiracy to harbor and transport illegal immigrants. The men also face deportation following their prison terms.

A 911 call last June led investigators to a stash house where more than 30 immigrants, believed in the U.S. illegally, were rescued.

Authorities during sentencing also referred to an incident in Oklahoma involving the death of an immigrant being transported by Lopez. Further details weren’t immediately available on that case.



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