Roberto Cantu Rodriguez, 35, of Laredo, has entered a guilty plea to a charge of concealing, harboring and shielding five undocumented aliens from detection, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson.
On June 18, law enforcement was conducting surveillance at a residence on Cedar Avenue in Laredo where they observed a marked U.S. Border Patrol vehicle. Rodriguez was identified as the driver of that vehicle.
Inside the residence, law enforcement discovered five related adults living there, all of whom were undocumented aliens. The residents indicated that Rodriguez was aware of their illegal presence the United States.
Rodriguez admitted he had known the occupants of the Cedar Avenue residence for approximately one year. He had met them through his girlfriend, whom he was aware had fraudulent documents that she used to obtain work in the U.S. He also admitted he knew that two of the individuals living at the house had been previously deported from the U.S.
Sentencing will be set a later date. He faces up to five years in federal prison as well as a possible $250,000 maximum fine. He was permitted to remain on bond pending that hearing.
The case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations and the FBI. Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher S. Coker is prosecuting the case.