Louisiana man convicted of smuggling migrants in trailer through South Texas

McALLEN, Texas (Border Report) – A Louisiana man faces up to 10 years in prison after a federal jury in Laredo, Texas found him guilty of transporting dozens of undocumented migrants in a trailer across South Texas.

The jury deliberated for more than three hours before convicting Roderick DeWayne Chisley, 47, of Monroe, Louisiana, the Justice Department announced Wednesday.

Chisley drove the tractor-trailer through a U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint on busy Interstate 35 on December 17, 2021.

The trailer was stolen and when authorities opened it, they found 52 migrants.

Chisley said he was unaware that undocumented migrants were in his trailer.

However, two of the migrants testified during the three-day trial that the vehicle started moving almost immediately after entering the trailer and did not stop until it reached the checkpoint.

A jury found Chisley guilty of conspiracy to transport and transport undocumented aliens. In addition to 10 years in prison, he faces a fine of $250,000.

U.S. District Judge Diana Saldaña is expected to preside over the next sentencing.

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