Man arrested in Seward County in March for transporting illegals had been deported twice before
• Special to the Daily Leader
WICHITA – Jose Alberto Orozco-Larios, 32, a citizen of Mexico, has been sentenced to 46 months in federal prison for unlawfully transporting illegal aliens in the United States.
Orozco-Larios pleaded guilty to one count of transporting illegal aliens and one count of aggravated re-entry after deportation. In his plea, he admitted he was pulled over March 9 in Seward County while driving a van load of illegal aliens from Mexico to Wichita where they hoped to find work.
Orozco-Larios was driving a 1998 Pontiac minivan when a Seward County Sheriff’s officer stopped him and found that Orozco-Larios and his eight passengers were illegal aliens. Four of the passengers were female children who were not accompanied by parents.
At first, Orozco-Largos gave the Sheriff’s officer a false identity. By checking his fingerprints through Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Automated Biometric Identification System, investigators learned his true name and discovered he had a record of immigration violations.
Two years earlier, in December 2006, he had been deported from the United States. In July 2008, he was convicted in Pennsylvania on federal charges of transporting illegal aliens and unlawful re-entry after deportation. After serving the sentence in that case, he was deported a second time.
The Seward County Sheriff’s Office and Immigration and Customs Enforcement investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Brent Anderson prosecuted.
380 pounds of pot send Mexican man to federal prison
WICHITA – Juan Ignacio Orona-Favela, 37, a citizen of Mexico, has been sentenced to 60 months in federal prison for trafficking in marijuana.
Orona-Favela pleaded guilty to one count of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. In his plea, he admitted that on Feb. 24, 2010, he and three other men tried to pick up a load of marijuana from a rental car parked at a hotel in Wichita.
The investigation began a few days earlier when agents of Immigration and Customs Enforcement learned that a load of marijuana would be transported from New Mexico to Wichita. On Feb. 22, 2010, investigators in Las Cruces, N.M., inspected two vehicles and discovered 380 pounds of marijuana concealed in the gas tanks. They loaded the marijuana in a rental vehicle and took it to Wichita where they parked it at a hotel and waited to see who would come for it. Four men, including Orona-Favela, were arrested when they arrived to pick up the marijuana.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement investigated Assistant U.S. Attorney Brent Anderson prosecuted.