CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — A 62-year-old man has pleaded guilty to attempting to smuggle two Iranian citizens into the country, U.S. Attorney Jennifer B. Lowery said.
Gholamreza Hosseinpour, Fairfax, Virginia, pleaded guilty to two counts of transporting illegal aliens to the United States.
As part of his plea, he admitted that on December 19, 2021, he flew from his home state to Texas. He rented a vehicle in San Antonio and drove to McAllen to pick up two people who had entered the United States from Mexico. Hosseinpour then drove them north to the Javier Vega Jr. Border Patrol (BP) checkpoint near Sarita.
There, law enforcement carried out an initial inspection, during which the two individuals were unable to answer questions about their citizenship. Authorities ultimately determined that each individual was from Iran and was illegally present in the United States.
U.S. District Judge David S. Morales will impose the sentence on June 9. At that point, Hosseinpour faces up to five years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000.
He was allowed to remain on bail pending this hearing.
BP investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Dennis Robinson and Molly Smith are prosecuting the case.