A Honduran national was sentenced on November 5, 2010 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 U.S. District Court Judge Sim Lake Nov. 5 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 residents of
the 220 block of Vashti Drive. Multiple reports were received of individuals
running through yards, jumping fences and hiding in the vicinity. Harris County Sheriff's Office (HCSO) deputies arrived at the scene and discovered Barahona
who had suffered multiple gunshot wounds.
Barahona admitted to the attempted kidnapping of more than 20 illegal
aliens by wearing an ICE T-shirt. During the attempt, Barahona and a guard
at the house exchanged gunfire with both individuals suffering multiple gunshot wounds.
As part of the investigation, ICE HSI agents discovered and seized at the residence one SKS rifle, and three handguns: a .357, a 9mm, and an Uzi 9mm. Three criminal and 22 administrative arrests were made at multiple locations as a part of the investigation.
Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Suzanne Elmilady,
Southern District of Texas, prosecuted the case.