Smuggler Sentenced to 66 Months in Prison

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A Mexican national has been convicted and sentenced to 66 months in prison. He assaulted two Border Patrol agents, hit two Border Patrol vehicles and attempted to ram into a local police department vehicle.

On February 27, 2016, Border Patrol agents witnessed Luis Angel Ramirez-Valdez, of Tamaulipas, Mexico, pick up 14 illegal immigrants in a stolen Ford F-250.  In an effort to evade Border Patrol, Ramirez-Valdez put the lives of his passengers as well as the responding law enforcement officers in danger when he attempted to run over an agent, striking two Border Patrol vehicles and nearly hitting a police vehicle.  Ramirez-Valdez led law enforcement on a pursuit through the city of Mission. All of the passengers in the F-250 fled from the vehicle but were quickly arrested by Border Patrol and officers from the Mission and Palmview Police Departments.  

Ramirez-Valdez was taken into custody by Palmview Police Department for multiple state charges that included Possession of a Stolen Vehicle and Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon. A federal charge of Alien Smuggling was subsequently added. He will also be required to pay restitution for the damages caused.

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