Pepe Aguilar Son Trial: José Emiliano Pleas Guilty For Smuggling People Across Mexico-US Border

Pepe Aguilar, José Emiliano
Pepe Aguilar and his son José Emiliano Aguilar. Instagram/pepeaguilar_oficial

José Emiliano Aguilar, son of Pepe Aguilar, has pled guilty to smuggling four people of Chinese descent into the U.S. via the Tijuana-San Ysidro border in California. According to official documents obtained by "El Gordo y La Flaca", José Emiliano has admitted to the accusations. The Univision show also reports that to avoid going to trail, he accepted the plea deal and admitted his culpability. Sentencing will take place on August 14.

Back in April 2017, Pepe Aguilar's son had pled not guilty to the charges. It was in March of this year that Customs and Border Patrol made the case public about a man that attempted to smuggle 4 Chinese nationals across the San Ysidro, California border on March 14th. The pics show 2 men and 2 women crammed in the car's trunk, and at the time the name of the delinquent was not known, until now. According to TMZ, border agents were alerted by a K9 unit that something was off. Thats when they opened the trunk and found the human cargo. The people were to pay José Emiliano between $3k and $60k if they had been able to cross to the U.S. successfully.

After news broke, Pepe Aguilar released a video where he said: "I believe in my son, he is not a criminal and I am sure that he will prove it in his trial. I believe in a society that must be governed by laws and that it must have consequences if one is missing them. So painful, so sad but it is what it is and so is life."

Pepe Aguilar is one of the most beloved singers in the Regional Mexican music genre. He is the son of legends Flor Silvestre and Antonio Aguilar. He won his first Grammy Award in the year 2000 in the Best Mexican American Album category for "Por Una Mujer Bonita." It was in 2006 when he won his first Latin Grammy Award in the Best Ranchero Album category for "Historias de Mi Tierra." The following year he took another Grammy Award for the album "100% Mexicano." In subsequent years he took 2 more Latin Grammys and another Grammy for "Bicentenario."

Pepe Aguilar is an independent artist and has his own record label, Equinoccio Records. His most recent album was launched back in June 2016, titled "No Lo Había Dicho." In this piece of work songs included are: "Cuestión de Esperar," "María," "Punto Final," "Pa' Que Te Convenzas" and "Mi Lindo Pueblo." The album peaked at number 3 at the Billboard Top Latin Albums chart.

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Armando Tinoco is an Orange County-based writer with a degree in Marketing from Cal. State Fullerton and a degree in Graphic Design from the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. In addition to reporting for Latin Times and when he is not watching Brazilian and Mexican telenovelas or quoting lines from "Clueless" and "Friends" he is brushing up his skills in CSS and responsive website design. Some of his celebrity idols include Eiza Gonzalez, Paulina Rubio and Amanda Bynes.