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South Texas man sentenced in connection with human smuggling ring

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A South Texas man accused of leading a human smuggling ring has been sentenced.

Osvaldo Gonzalez will serve nearly 22 years in federal prison after a car crash in November 2015 left two migrants dead.

The 26-year-old plead guilty in conspiracy to transporting migrants back in November.

HSI agents say every time a case involves death, they do everything possible to get justice for the victims.

“The defendant organized the smuggling that caused these two deaths after 17 people were placed into a vehicle to be moved or smuggled into the United States,” said Maria Michel-Manzo, Assistant Special Agent in Charge with HSI.

Gonzalez is awaiting sentencing in another charge of immigrant harboring along with being a felon possessing a firearm.

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