Man pleads guilty to involvement in fatal human smuggling conspiracy


SAN ANTONIO - A man is awaiting sentencing after he plead guilty Thursday to his role in an undocumented alien smuggling operation.

Pedro Silva Segura, 47, faces up to life in federal prison for his involvement in a human smuggling conspiracy that resulted in 10 deaths last year. He plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to transport undocumented aliens resulting in death.

Segura admitted to operating a stash house in Laredo that he used as a holding area for the immigrants. About five undocumented immigrants left the house July 22, 2017 and were delivered to truck driver James Matthew Bradley Jr., 61, with its destination being San Antonio.

Court records revealed the San Antonio police department responded to a Wal-Mart store located at 8538 Interstate 35 in San Antonio shortly after midnight on Sunday, July 23, 2017. Authorities discovered 39 undocumented immigrants in the tractor-trailer. Ten of the people inside died and four juveniles were unaccompanied by an adult. The immigrants estimated the trailer contained between 70 and 200 people during transport, according to court records.

Bradley plead guilty Oct. 16, 2017 to federal charges in connection with this investigation. He remains in federal custody.

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