30-year-old Steven Kasey Dupree was sentenced to 15 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for his conviction for conspiracy to transport illegal aliens.
Dupree and co-conspirator Cynthia Espinoza, also of Deming, were arrested in February of last year on a criminal complaint charging them with conspiracy to transport illegal aliens.
According to the complaint, Dupree and Espinoza conspired with others to transport seven illegal aliens from Mexico to the United States.
On February 7th, 2012, Border Patrol agents went to Dupree’s residence in response to a call notifying authorities that illegal aliens were on the premises.
Border Patrol agents reportedly found three illegal aliens in the residence, including two who reported paying an $1,800 fee to be smuggled across the U.S./Mexico border and transported to Albuquerque.
The agents also learned that Dupree had departed earlier that day to transport four illegal aliens from his residence to Phoenix, Arizona.
Dupree and Espinoza were arrested later that day in Deming.
Dupree entered a guilty plea to the charges last May and has been in federal custody since his arrest.
Espinoza pleaded guilty in April of last year to two counts of conspiring to transport illegal aliens and was sentenced to three years of probation in July.