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Latino Daily News

Monday November 8, 2010

19 Year-Old Honduran National Sentenced for Human Trafficking

A Honduran national was sentenced on Friday to 100 months in federal prison for attempting to kidnap illegal aliens. This investigation was conducted by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Office of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

Kenneth Barahona, 19, Honduran national, was sentenced by the U.S. District Court on Friday, to eight years and four months in prison for conspiracy to harbor aliens and possessing a firearm. Barahona is subject to deportation after he completes his prison sentence.

The investigation by ICE agents in Houston began on March 29 after reports of gunshots were called in by local residents.  Local police officials found Barahona who had suffered multiple gunshot wounds.  Barahona admitted to the attempted kidnapping of more than 20 illegal aliens. During the kidnapping attempt, Barahona and a guard at the house exchanged gunfire with kidnapped individuals suffering multiple gunshot wounds.

As part of the investigation, agents discovered and seized one SKS rifle, and three handguns: a .357, a 9mm, and an Uzi 9mm.