Palestinian Authority national guard charged with smuggling migrants across Mexican border

A Pennsylvania National Guard stationed in Texas has been charged with smuggling two migrants into Texas from Mexico, according to the US Department of Justice.

Emmanuel Oppongagyare, 20, from Pennsylvania, and Ralph Gregory Saint-Joie, 18, from Texas, appeared on Tuesday before a federal magistrate in Laredo, Texas, according to the US DOJ.

Both men were in uniform when Oppongagyare attempted to drive a sedan through the Hebronville (BP) border patrol on the morning of June 13, according to the criminal complaint.

Saint-Joie would have driven as a passenger.

During an inspection of the vehicle, Oppongagyare reportedly told BP authorities that they were traveling from Zapata to San Antonio.

Law enforcement conducted a secondary inspection, discovering two undocumented Mexican citizens in the trunk of the vehicle, prosecution documents said.

The two soldiers expected to receive an undetermined amount of money to collect the individuals at McAllen and transport them to San Antonio, according to the criminal complaint.

Both men are being held in a federal facility on $ 75,000 bond pending detention hearings next Tuesday.

If found guilty, Oppongagyare and Saint-Joie each face up to 10 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $ 250,000.

The status and fate of the Mexican men found in the safe are unknown.

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