Ghanaian In The US Army Jailed By American Court For Human Smuggling

Ghanaian In The US Army Jailed By American Court For Human Smuggling

  • It has emerged that a Ghanaian national in the United States Army has found himself in jail for breaking the law
  • Emmanuel Oppong Agyare pleaded guilty to attempting to smuggle illegal migrants from Mexico into the US
  • He received a 21-month jail sentence while his accomplice, identified as Ralph Gregory Saint-Joe got 13 months

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A Ghanaian man in the US Army has been jailed by a United States court for smuggling Mexican nationals into the States.

According to a report monitored by, 22-year-old Emmanuel Oppong Agyare tried to help illegal migrants enter the United States while in his army uniform.

Emmanuel and his accomplice, 19-year-old Ralph Gregory Saint-Joie, were sentenced on September 20, 2022. Emmanuel was jailed 21 months, while his partner in crime, Ralph got 13 months.

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Stock photos of a random guy in a US Army uniform. Source: Getty Images.
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How Emmanuel Agyare and Saint-Joie Were Busted

According to the US Department of Justice, Saint-Joie was an active duty member of the U.S. Army, while Oppong Agyare was from the Pennsylvania National Guard.

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According to the charges, Oppong Agyare approached the Hebbronville Border Patrol (BP) Checkpoint driving a sedan on the morning of June 13.

Saint-Joie was allegedly riding as a passenger. Both men were wearing their uniforms, according to the complaint.

During primary inspection, the Ghanaian is alleged to have told authorities they were travelling from Zapata to San Antonio.

Law enforcement referred them to secondary inspection, where they discovered two undocumented Mexican citizens in the trunk of the vehicle, according to the charges.

The complaint alleges they expected to receive an undetermined amount of money to pick up the individuals in McAllen and transport them to San Antonio.

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They were allegedly told to wear their U.S. Army uniforms in order to avoid questioning from authorities.

Prosecution of the case started in December of 2021.

Lady Jailed for Mistakenly Sending GHc30K Instead of GHc3K

Meanwhile, in a separate story reported that a former mobile money operator called Gifty Tetteh has disclosed how she landed in jail for two and a half years for mistakenly sending cash above GHc3,000 to a client.

While sending the amount, Gifty wrongly sent GHc30,000 but found out later in the evening when she was balancing her books.

According to her, MTN subsequently confirmed that the recipient had withdrawn the money, but all efforts to get him to return the cash proved futile as he refused to answer his calls.

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