A man from Galveston, Texas, has pleaded guilty to smuggling two undocumented immigrants inside a damaged coffin that had been haphazardly draped with the American flag.
Zachary Taylor Blood, 33, told Border Patrol officials at a checkpoint near Falfurrias on Oct. 26, 2021, that there was a “dead guy, Navy guy” inside the coffin he was transporting in the back of his van.
Two men from Mexico were found concealed inside the coffin. They confessed to “paying a smuggler to get them to San Antonio,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. “They claimed that after crossing the river into the United States, they were taken to a parking lot where Blood was waiting for them. He had them get into the coffin and began driving north.”
Blood pleaded guilty to one count of human smuggling. He faces five years in federal prison and a possible $250,000 fine. He’ll be sentenced on May 11.