- Associated Press - Friday, June 5, 2015

HOUSTON (AP) - A Mexican national who pleaded guilty to involvement in a human smuggling operation where more than 100 people were held in a Houston stash house has been sentenced to more than 10 years in federal prison.

U.S. District Judge Melinda Harmon on Friday sentenced 32-year-old Benjamin Granados-Lupian, making him the sixth and final smuggler headed to prison after the people were discovered captive in the house in March 2014.

Prosecutors say all six men were from Michoacan, Mexico, and would hold the people until getting payment of remaining smuggling fees from their families. The men seized clothing, phones and other items and used guns, paddles and electronic devices to keep their captives from fleeing.

The six, also in the U.S. without legal permission, face deportation once their sentences are complete.



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