SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Two men have been charged in a fatal attempt at smuggling suspected illegal immigrants into the country that ended when the vehicle containing their human cargo plunged into a stock pond, drowning three men.
A Justice Department statement Thursday says 31-year-old Javier Silva-Morales of Monterrey, Mexico and 25-year-old Jose Abram Lopez-Lozano of Michoacan (MIHK'-wah-kahn), Mexico, could face life imprisonment if convicted of the charges. Federal records show no attorneys for the pair.
During a court hearing in San Antonio, a federal magistrate ordered the men detained pending bail and preliminary hearings later this month.
Three of the 12 people in the SUV drowned after it plunged early Wednesday into a stock pond near the town of Poth (POHTH), about 35 miles southeast of San Antonio, after a police chase.