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    Two still sought in railcar deaths of 11 DES MOINES -- Two men are still being sought for their roles in an immigrant smuggling operation that was uncovered
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      Two still sought in railcar deaths of 11
      DES MOINES -- Two men are still being sought for their roles in an immigrant smuggling operation that was uncovered when the bodies of 11 immigrants were found in a railcar in Iowa, according to this Associated Press report published by the Omaha World-Herald.

      The decomposed bodies of the immigrants were discovered when a worker in the western Iowa town of Denison opened the railcar for cleaning in October 2002.

      Four men have been charged in connection with the deaths. Two of the men were caught and are awaiting sentencing.

      Juan Fernando Licea-Cedillo, of Mexico, was the suspected ringleader of the operation. He pleaded guilty last spring and faces a maximum sentence of life in prison when he is sentenced on March 28.

      Arnulfo Flores Jr. was a Union Pacific Railroad conductor who, prosecutors said, provided information on train schedules to the smugglers. He pleaded guilty in 2003.

      Sentencing for Flores is scheduled for April 13. He faces up to 20 years in prison, said John Yembrick, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Houston.

      Guillermo Madrigal Ballesteros and Rogelio Hernandez Ramos, both of Mexico, are believed to have played roles in the smuggling operation, prosecutors said.

      (The preceding Associated Press report was published by the Omaha World-Herald on Thursday, Jan. 20, 2005.)

      January 20, 2005
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