Former LAX Elevator Mechanic Sentenced to Federal Prison for Human Smuggling

Los Angeles, California – An elevator mechanic formerly employed by Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) has been sentenced to three years in federal prison for smuggling foreign nationals into the United States by bypassing established security at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

Roberto Amaya Canchola, 54, was sentenced yesterday as part of a plea agreement in which he admitted earning $1,800 for each illegal alien he ushered into airport elevators and escorted to taxis outside the terminal.

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Canchola was arrested at LAX in August 2008 after agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) observed him using special access security keys to smuggle four aliens off an arriving Mexicana Airlines flight and through the airport. Canchola escorted the aliens through a series of restricted access elevators and corridors, enabling them to avoid inspection by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers. After guiding the aliens through the airport, he led them to an awaiting taxi outside.

The investigation began in late July 2008 when CBP officers discovered a discrepancy in the number of passengers from a Mexicana flight clearing the airport’s federal inspection area. The four passengers presented false alien registration numbers or Mexican passports without valid visas when boarding the flight in Mexico. A review of LAX surveillance video identified Canchola intercepting the four passengers arriving on the flight and guiding them through the federal inspection area.

Canchola’s badge was confiscated the day of his arrest and deactivated by the Airport Police. Prior to his resignation, Canchola was employed for 23 years by the City of Los Angeles, including 19 years with LAWA.


Former LAX Elevator Mechanic Sentenced to Federal Prison for Human Smuggling — 10 Comments

  1. Why you hate Mexicans?
    Some one was hit you?… or what?

    I don’t like the illegal Mexicans. They are half the reason that the USA is in trouble now.

    Sorry, I’m Mexican. I don’t hate US, I live in Taiwan cause my wife is Chinese. Also I have many American friends… And I like them.

    (I’m Mexican and they don’t hate me)

    Take care.

    See you men.

    PS: Nice space (;

  2. Hello Just wanted to let the Person who owns this website that Americans should not be in the US this belonged to Native American. All Caucasion People are From Europe Mexican from Mexico so we dont mind Mexicans being here nor Caucasion, But we do mind All Racist no matter what their Culture is to go back to their Land. This Website is a waste of time look at the USA your own Government is Stealing all the Money and sending it to other foreign Contries. and left you all here to Suffer open you eyes The real treat is the Us Nazi Regime they are the Real Terrorist just like Christopher Columbus is # 1 Terrorist Killed all my People and Raped our women grabed our babies and smached them on brick walls

  3. you know what the only reasons why you r living like a fucking king is because of us mexicans…so you know what “Voy a chupar la polla”

  4. I’m hispanic, born in the U.S but RAISED in MEXICO. I’m highly offended by all the racial comments made in this informatory web site, I’m also very offended by the images shown on here. I would like something to be done about this immediately. Not all mexicans are what you say they are. More then 80% of the mexican population are hard workers. I agree their are some mexicans that don’t take life here in the U.S seriously, But that does not mean you can degrade us. I would also like to point out that every one in the United States has at least has a little bit of other culture in them. So before you criticize others turn to the mirror and take a good look at yourself.

  5. Well go to Mexico when you sun dried, overall wearing, daughter fuckin rednecks get back on the mayflower and go back to Europe! You don’t have any entitlement to this land, it belongs to all humans. Choke on some brisket and die of skin cancer bitches!

  6. im mexican born in the u.s. nd i came here to stay and if u have a problem say it to a mexicans face who ever is makin bad comments about us…yall aint got the balls white trailer trashes…

  7. were not the problem of the united states just look at the news. its all these white folks tryin to run something they cain’t like your dad george w. bush

  8. who ever owns this website is a bitch and i agree with crazymexican y dont u talk smack to a mexican in their face but yea ur white ass would get knocked the fuck out!!!! Y QUE VIVA MEXICO!!!!!! Y VETE A CHUPAR VERGA PINCHE GRINGO PENDEJO!!!!

  9. I’m not Mexican nor Caucasian, I’m a proud African- American who loves to meet people of different races/cultures and hear about them, especially Japanese culture; but seeing this site has offended me more than the discrimination against ‘ blacks ‘, my own people.
    Sir/Ma ‘am/whoeverthehellownsthissite, you’re such a racist person to completely diss the Mexican race!
    You should be ashamed, talking as if ya’ mother/father/whoeverthehellraisedyou didn’t teach you any manners and how to accept people equally.
    People like you really need to be taught a lesson or two!
    So, since you hate Mexicans so much did ever go as far to abuse them/murder them?
    If so, you are one demented person…

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