A Pakistani man pleaded guilty Wednesday for his role in helping smuggle dozens of illegal aliens from Pakistan and Afghanistan into the U.S. by dangerous treks through South and Central America.
In his plea agreement, Sharafat Ali Khan, a Pakistani national and former resident of Brazil, admitted guilt to charges of conspiracy to smuggle undocumented migrants into the U.S. for profit. Between March 2014 and May 2016, the 32-year-old smuggled illegal aliens from Pakistan and Bangladesh to the country.
According to court documents, dozens of Pakistanis contacted him in Brazil and paid him between $5,000 to $12,000. In exchange, he helped them travel the Colombian jungle or get to the north by bus, foot and airplane.
The Daily Caller reports:
One Pakistani national apprehended in Pharr, Tex. on May 25, 2015, said that he paid Khan $6,000 to smuggle him into the U.S. The man initially transferred $2,000 to a bank account for Khan in Pakistan. After that, he flew to Brazil and remained in a safe house there for several months before making a three-day trek through the jungles of Colombia. At one point, the man stayed in a safe house operated by a smuggler in Guatemala. There, according to the complaint, the smuggler pointed a gun at Khan’s client.
ICE special agents received information about Khan’s operation from 6 people that he helped smuggle.
In July last year, Khan was extradited to the U.S. from Qatar. He is set to face sentencing on July 6.