A Jordanian national who allegedly smuggled six Yemeni citizens across the U.S.- Mexico border was arrested Saturday, according to the Department of Justice.
Moayad Heider Mohammad Aldairi, 31, was given an arrest warrant followed by a criminal complaint on May 29 for the supposed smuggling trips through the Texas border between July 1, 2017 and December 12, 2017, the DOJ reported Monday.
Aldairi was also a Mexican citizen and conspired with others who wanted to smuggle “Special Interest Aliens” across the border, according to the complaint.
Each of the smuggled Yemeni citizens positively identified Aldairi from a six-pack photo lineup. (RELATED: Algerian Man Pleads Guilty To Working With Pennsylvania Woman And Other Conspirators To Help Terrorists)
“The HSI interviews with the six (6) detained Yemenis revealed that each of them paid ALDAIRI varying amounts to be smuggled into the United States from Mexico,” the complaint said.
“Alien smuggling puts our national security at risk, and the Criminal Division is dedicated to enforcing our immigration laws and disrupting the flow of illegal aliens into the United States,” Assistant Attorney General Benczkowski said, according to the DOJ press release.
Aldairi made his initial appearance in front of U.S. Magistrate Judge Marilyn D. Go for the Eastern District of New York. Aldairi is pending transfer to the Western District of Texas for further criminal proceedings per Go’s orders and faces charges, though the exact amount is unknown.
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