A Bangladeshi national formerly residing in Mexico's Monterrey was sentenced to 46 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for his role in a scheme to smuggle undocumented immigrants from Mexico into the United States.
According to the plea agreement, Moktar Hossain admitted that, from March 2017 to August 2018, he was affiliated with bringing Bangladeshi nationals to the United States through the Texas border in exchange for payment.
Hossain operated out of Monterrey, Mexico, according to a press release issued by the US Department of Justice.
There, he maintained a hotel that housed the immigrants on their way to the United States.
Hossain paid drivers to transport them to the US border and gave them instructions on how to cross the Rio Grande river.
Acting Assistant Attorney General David P Burns of the Justice Department's Criminal Division said, "The defendant was a key player in an organised smuggling network that operated for profit and preyed on Bangladeshi nationals who wanted to enter the United States illegally."