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Fort Bliss soldier accused of participating in immigrant smuggling ring

Updated: Friday, August 30 2013, 09:06 PM MDT
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By: Jesse Martinez
EL PASO, Texas A Fort Bliss soldier is accused of smuggling as many as 19 people into the U.S. illegally through New Mexico, according to the Albuquerque Journal.

Spc. Carlos Vives Feliciano of the 1st Brigade 1st Armored Division posted a $5,000 bond in mid-July after being involved in different stages in an alleged smuggling operation, the Albuquerque Journal reported.

The news outlet reported that Feliciano told agents that he brought several groups of immigrants from Columbus, N.M., to one of two drop-off sites in Albuquerque for $2,500 per group.

Maj. Joe Buccino, a spokesperson for Fort Bliss, released the following statement: "Fort Bliss officials are working with the United States Attorney's Office on this case. The United States Attorney's Office retains jurisdiction."

Read more about the alleged smuggling operation from the Albuquerque Journal: http://bit.ly/1foIlXz

Fort Bliss soldier accused of participating in immigrant smuggling ring
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