- Associated Press - Thursday, January 8, 2015

BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) - Federal prosecutors say a 32-year-old woman has pleaded guilty to her involvement in a smuggling operation that transported immigrants into South Texas.

Ruth Fernandez Morales-Lopez becomes the sixth person convicted of participating in the operation. Prosecutors said in a release Thursday that a seventh person who was being sought, a 43-year-old man, was arrested Wednesday.

Morales-Lopez, who was living illegally in Laguna Vista, pleaded guilty to charges that include harboring aliens.

Prosecutors say she helped transport people across the border and to stash houses in the Brownsville area. The immigrants eventually were taken to Houston.

Authorities who raided a San Benito house in November found 30 people hidden there.

They determined more than $1 million in smuggling fees were collected and laundered through various bank accounts and money service businesses.

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