California Army National Guardsman Busted for Smuggling Illegal Aliens into United States

It’s a fair bet that Private First Class Edward Jair Acosta-Avil (California Army National Guard) is far from being an ideal soldier. After all, PFC Acosta-Avil is facing the boot from the California ANG for being AWOL.

Other than the many who’ve worn the uniform proudly in the past possibly being embarrassed by his arrest making headlines, it’s also a fair bet that a number of American citizens of Latino heritage who have served proudly may also be doubly embarrassed by Acosta-Avil’s apprehension being splashed all over the news.

As reported by J.D. Simkins of the Army Times (civilian owned despite the rather governmental sounding name);

California National Guardsman Pfc. Edward Jair Acosta-Avila was arrested Nov. 10 when his car was stopped near San Diego, California, about two miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border, USA Today reported.

After pulling over Acosta-Avila’s Honda Accord, Customs and Border Protection agents apprehended five individuals, including three undocumented Mexican nationals who were discovered hiding under a blanket in the back seat.

Acosta-Avila, along with one other passenger who was identified as U.S. citizen, has been charged in federal court with human trafficking

The Guardsman, who was reportedly awaiting discharge for being absent without leave, told authorities he and the co-defendant planned to split a payment of $400 for shuttling the three men into the U.S.

The Mexican nationals told officials they “made smuggling arrangements and agreed to pay between $6,000 and $7,000 each to be smuggled into the United States,” the report said.

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