Guatemalan Woman Smuggled Immigrants From India Into Texas

A Guatemalan woman has pleaded guilty to helping smuggle immigrants from India into Texas via Mexico.

Rosa Astrid Umanzor-Lopez pleaded guilty Friday to conspiracy and human smuggling in a plea deal in Houston.

Umanzor-Lopez, who remains in custody, faces up to five years in federal prison for conspiracy and at least three years on the second count when she's sentenced next year.

The woman in April was extradited from Guatemala on charges of human smuggling and conspiracy to smuggle immigrants into the U.S. for profit. Umanzor-Lopez helped run the scheme from 2011 until her arrest last year in Guatemala.

Prosecutors say immigrants from India seeking to enter the U.S. illegally were transported through South America and Central America, then from Mexico to the Texas border near McAllen and Laredo.

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