Photo: Calixto-Moran brothers sentenced for Human Trafficking
It began with a routine traffic stop in Tampa, Fla. On Feb. 4, just after 5 p.m., Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office deputies pulled over 21-year-old Kathleen Roberson. Not only did she not have a valid driver’s license, but she was also transporting five illegal aliens in her Kia Sorrento.
Roberson and one of her passengers, Jessica Roland, were transporters for a much larger human smuggling organization that operated out of Arizona and Alabama. The organization transported illegal aliens to final destinations throughout the United States.
The sheriff’s office and the U.S. Border Patrol notified U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) about the incident. Two days later, HSI initiated an investigation to determine whom Roberson and Roland were working for.
Further investigation led HSI to the organization’s leadership, including brothers Jose Bartolo Calixto-Moran and Pedro Calixto-Moran, and Pedro’s girlfriend Marilu Ramirez-Bartolo. The brothers and Ramirez-Bartolo were all Mexican citizens illegally residing in the United States.
As a result of HSI’s investigation, on December 5, 2012 the court sentenced Pedro Calixto-Moran to 71 months in prison, Jose Calixto-Moran to 41 months in prison and Ramirez-Bartolo to 27 months in prison for their roles in the human smuggling organization. Roberto Jimenez-Delgado was also sentenced to 33 months in prison for transporting illegal aliens. Roberson and Roland cooperated with the investigation, and as a result, were sentenced to time served.