A former soccer player from Club Tijuana Xoloizcuintles plead guilty on Monday to smuggling two undocumented women through the Otay Mesa Port of Entry.
Raúl Enríquez Arámbula, 37, was arrested last month in an attempt to drive across the border on Sept. 11 with two undocumented women hiding in his 2016 Cadillac SRX. According to a probable cause statement filed in federal court. Enriquez told the officer he was traveling to Orange County to play soccer.
Officers shined a flashlight into the back of his SUV and discovered a dark blanket covering the Mexican woman. Enriquez allegedly told officers that he did not know the women were in his car or how they got there.
According to the document, the women told officers they agreed to pay between $15,000 and $18,500 to be brought across the border. The women told officers that "the driver" had informed them they were only five minutes away from crossing the border moments before they were discovered.
Enríquez has been in custody ever since his arrest, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune, which first reported his guilty plea. He played with Club Tijuana Xoloizcuintles from 2007 until 2013, during which time he scored 81 goals, nearly twice as many as the second-place goal scorer.