U.S. Attorney's Office
Eastern District of Missouri
September 30, 2014

Brothers Sentenced on Immigration Related Charges

ST. LOUIS, MO—Agustin Lopez-Guzman was sentenced to five years in prison, his brother Alonso was sentenced to two years in prison.

According to court documents, the Lopez-Guzman brothers, who were both illegally residing in the United States, transported several young adults and a minor from Mexico and forced them to work in various local businesses to pay off their smuggling debt. In order to secure repayment for each person’s smuggling debt the brothers used various methods of enforcement, which included forcing victims to reside in overcrowded living conditions and threatening harm to the victims’ family members. Agustin Lopez-Guzman also used rape as a method of enforcement.

Agustin Lopez-Guzman and Alonso Lopez-Guzman, Maryland Heights, MO, both pled guilty in June to one felony count each of conspiracy to harbor illegal aliens and illegal re-entry, and appeared Tuesday for sentencing before United States District Judge Audrey G. Fleissig.

The case was investigated by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Federal Bureau of Investigation, Department of Labor, with assistance from Bridgeton and Maryland Heights Police Departments.

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