Guilty Plea in Deadly Human Smuggling Case

From Times Wire Reports

A woman pleaded guilty in Houston to her role in the nation’s deadliest human smuggling case -- the deaths of 19 illegal immigrants crammed into a sweltering trailer.

Prosecutors said Norma Gonzalez Sanchez, 44, helped arrange the smuggling in May 2003 of more than 70 people from Mexico, Central America and the Dominican Republic.

Sanchez pleaded guilty to harboring and transporting illegal immigrants and causing serious injury or death as a result. She could get up to life in prison and a $250,000 fine.