The San Antonio Express-News reports that a truck driver arrested for allegedly smuggling 53 immigrants across the border has elected to waive his bail hearing. Last week, a Texas man was caught with the more than 50 immigrants in a tractor-trailer in San Antonio. He has waived the hearing because he apparently thinks his chance for bond are slim.
Gerardo Javier Carreon, 36, also waived his preliminary hearing in court. He was arrested on an immigrant-smuggling charge on June 12. Carreon has a lengthy record, including convictions for drugs and smuggling immigrants. He has also failed to appear in court and violated terms of federal supervision.
Multiple agencies were called to the scene where 53 people were found in his tractor-trailer, suspected to be illegal immigrants. Some of them suffered injuries trying to run from the scene. Six were sent to the hospital and four were kept as material witnesses. The rest have either already been deported or are awaiting deportation proceedings.
Carreon is a U.S. citizen and has been convicted of even federal felonies in the past. In 2001, he was sentenced to two years in federal prison for marijuana smuggling. He was later arrested in 2004 and 2008 for smuggling immigrants.
In 2009, he admitted to smuggling an undocumented immigrant and was sentenced to 15 months in federal prison. He was given 7 more months after violating his terms of release with a public intoxication incident in 2011.
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