SAN DIEGO — The owner of a Calexico motel has pleaded guilty in federal court here to a charge he knew a complex immigrant smuggling ring was operating in his motel and did not report it to authorities.
Richard Melvin Graham, owner of the Don Juan Motel, agreed to pay a $120,000 fine and was sentenced to three years of probation.
His common-law wife, Silvia Tamayo Garcia, who pleaded guilty to the same charge, was sentenced to 10 months in custody. She has served part of that time and was ordered to turn herself in to authorities by July.
Neither Graham nor Garcia is in custody.
In exchange for their pleas, the government dismissed other smuggling charges against the couple.
The two were arrested along with others in November 2000 following a two-year investigation that focused on an immigrant-smuggling operation that spanned three counties — Imperial, Riverside and Los Angeles.