Veteran Pleads Guilty To Smuggling People Inside Flag-Draped Coffins

On Tuesday, the man accused of attempting to transport two cousins from Mexico through the Falfurrias crossing in a “pseudo hearse” with an American flag-draped coffin pleaded guilty to illegally bringing individuals into the nation.

According to court records, Zachary Taylor Blood, 33, entered his plea in front of U.S. Magistrate Judge Julie K. Hampton.

According to a criminal complaint, Blood was arrested on Oct. 26, 2021, at the Falfurrias checkpoint when an agent, himself a military veteran, became suspicious of the “rusted and dented coffin” inside the “pseudo hearse” that arrived at the gate at approximately 12:05 p.m. that day.

When the agent inquired about the contents of the van, Blood replied, “Dead guy, Navy guy.”

The American flag, which was attached to the coffin with transparent packaging tape, was also zip-tied to one corner, according to Border Patrol.


According to the lawsuit, another agent, who was also a veteran, sought for permission to open the vehicle’s back door while his canine alerted to the vehicle’s rear hatch.

Border Patrol claimed both agents understood from previous experience that the way Blood was bringing the coffin was against customary protocol for military burial processions.

Agents discovered the two cousins during a secondary inspection, who later informed investigators they were trying to get to San Antonio.

Both men also stated that the casket was heated and that they were having difficulty breathing.

According to court documents, Blood will be sentenced on May 11th.

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