Pepsi-Cola Truck Used In Smuggling Scheme
LAS CRUCES, NM — A Pepsi-Cola truck was the transportation choice for an immigrant smuggling scheme busted in Las Cruces this week, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said in an article appearing in the El Paso Times on February 18.
The truck's driver, Ramón Jaime Gómez, 45, of Las Cruces, was arrested Feb. 16 after agents spotted 15 people getting out of the company truck.
Gómez was allegedly paid $100 for each person he sneaked past a Border Patrol checkpoint north of Las Cruces. Seven other people were indicted in a six-month investigation. Pepsi-Cola Bottling Co. in Las Cruces cooperated with authorities.