5 plead guilty in Texas human smuggling operation

FILE - In this March 19, 2014 file photo, people wait outside a house in southeast Houston where more than 100 people in the United States illegally were discovered, according to police. Five men, at least two of them from Mexico, are accused of using guns and threats to hold 115 people hostage unless they paid ransom to continue their illegal entry into the United States. The five are scheduled to appear before a federal magistrate judge on Tuesday, March 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Cody Duty, File)
FILE - In this March 19, 2014 file photo, people wait outside a house in southeast Houston where more than 100 people in the United States illegally were discovered, according to police. Five men, at least two of them from Mexico, are accused of using guns and threats to hold 115 people hostage unless they paid ransom to continue their illegal entry into the United States. The five are scheduled to appear before a federal magistrate judge on Tuesday, March 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Cody Duty, File)

HOUSTON (AP) — Five men from Mexico have pleaded guilty to conspiracy and firearms charges stemming from a human smuggling operation that held 115 people captive in a small Houston house.

Officials say the captives were held against their will until a ransom was paid to allow their illegal entry into the United States.

All five pleaded guilty to two-count criminal informations accusing the five of conspiracy to harbor and transport immigrants illegally and use of a firearm in a crime of violence. Each face up to 10 years in prison on the conspiracy count and five years on the weapons count at their sentencing scheduled for July 30. All will remain in custody until then.

The five were arrested March 19 when investigators discovered their stash house that day in southern Houston.

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