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      Man accused of smuggling immigrants at McAllen airport

      A Mexican man has been accused of trying to smuggle five suspected illegal immigrants to San Antonio via charter airplane.

      Prosecutors in South Texas say 39-year-old Jorge Luis Gallegos-Avila remains in custody without bond on charges of harboring and transporting illegal immigrants.

      He appeared Wednesday before a federal judge in McAllen.

      Gallegos-Avila, who also faces a conspiracy charge, was arrested June 20 near McAllen-Miller International Airport. Investigators say he was spotted dropping off five immigrants.

      The individuals were detained while trying to board the charter plane.

      Prosecutors say Gallegos-Avila allegedly picked up the immigrants from along the Rio Grande and took them to stash houses.

      Gallegos-Avila faces trial in September. His hometown in Mexico was not immediately released.

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