Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Human smuggling operation discovered near Tampa leads to convictions

TAMPA — An investigation of a human smuggling operation that was sparked by a traffic stop near Tampa earlier this year has resulted in three convictions, authorities said.

Federal agents charged brothers Jose Bartolo Calixto-Moran and Pedro Calixto-Moran, as well as Pedro's girlfriend, Marilu Ramirez-Bartolo.

They were the leaders of the operation, authorities said, and are Mexican citizens illegally in the United States. Pedro Calixto-Moran was sentenced to 71 months in prison; his brother to 41 months; and Ramirez-Bartolo to 27 months, a Homeland Security spokeswoman said Tuesday.

She estimated that the group, which was operating out of Arizona and Alabama, was smuggling more than 80 illegal aliens per month to various destinations across the country.

On Feb. 4, Hillsborough County deputies pulled over Kathleen Roberson, 21, of Phenix City, Ala., for driving a car without a license plate. She and 29-year-old Jessica Roland, also of Phenix City, were transporting five undocumented Mexican citizens to Immokalee.

Because they cooperated with the investigation, Roberson and Roland were not sentenced, authorities said.

Human smuggling operation discovered near Tampa leads to convictions 12/11/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, December 11, 2012 10:00pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Study: Tampa Bay a top market for homebuyers on the move

    Real Estate

    The Tampa Bay area is among the top markets for homebuyers who are likely to move in the next few months, ATTOM Data Solutions says.

    The Tampa Bay area is among the top markets for homebuyers who are likely to move in the next few months, a survey found.
[Associated Press file photo]
  2. Tampa lawyer Fred Ridley to be new chairman of Augusta National, Masters' home (w/ video)

    Golf

    AUGUSTA, Ga. — Fred Ridley first came to Augusta National to compete in the 1976 Masters as the U.S. Amateur champion, and he played the opening round in the traditional pairing with the defending champion, Jack Nicklaus.

  3. Rays send down Chase Whitley, Andrew Kittredge; add Chih-Wei Hu, acitvate Alex Cobb

    Blogs

    After having to cover more than five innings following a short start by Austin Pruitt, the Rays shuffled their bullpen following Wednesday's game, sending down RHPs Chase Whitley and Andrew Kittredge,

    The Kittredge move was expected, as he was summoned to add depth to the pen Wednesday in advance of RHP Alex …

  4. MLB commissioner Rob Manfred moves closer to wanting a decision on Rays stadium

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred called Wednesday for urgency from Tampa Bay area government leaders to prioritize and move quicker on plans for a new Rays stadium.

    MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred talks with reporters at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017.
  5. Six home runs doom Rays in loss to Blue Jays (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — A curve that didn't bounce was the difference Wednesday as the Rays lost 7-6 to the Blue Jays in front of 8,264, the smallest Tropicana field crowd since Sept. 5, 2006.

    Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria (11) greets center fielder Kevin Kiermaier (39) at the plate after his two run home run in the third inning of the game between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017.