According to the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, it was the son of a popular mariachi singer  who smuggled four Chinese nationals into the United States by dangerously stuffing them in the trunk of his car. ICE released photos of two of the illegal aliens lying inside the trunk of Jose Emiliano Aguilar’s Chrysler 200 sedan. Young Aguilar is the scion of famed mariachi musician Pepe Aguilar, who was born in San Antonio, Texas.
On March 14, Jose Emiliano Aguilar (24) was stopped by border officials at the crossing between Tijuana in Mexico’s Baja California state and San Ysidro, California. It was a trained dog that alerted the agents to illegal immigrants huddled inside the white sedan, after Aguilar said he had nothing to declare on his return trip from Mexico. The young man agreed to open the trunk. Agents found one man and three women inside.
According to federal officials, each of the illegal aliens had agreed to pay between $3,000 to $60,000 in exchange for safe passage to the United States. 
The Aguilar family has retained noted attorney Jeremy Warren for their son’s legal defense. Warren released a statement, saying: 
"We understand the interest in our client Jose Aguilar because of his father's musical career. However, this case has nothing to do with Pepe Aguilar. Jose Aguilar is young man who will address this matter in court, and not in the press. We understand that Pepe Aguilar will provide a statement shortly. In the meantime, we ask that you respect the family's privacy."
Singing and acting run in the family. Pepe's parents were Antonio Aguilar and Flor Sylvestre, both of whom were celebrity artists. Pepe has been honored with a star along Hollywood's famous sidewalk of fame.



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