Truck driver convicted of smuggling over 100 migrants

A truck driver has pleaded guilty to transporting more than 100 migrants to Webb County, court documents show.

Michael Warren McCoy pleaded guilty on October 25 to conspiring to transport migrants within the United States. Sentencing is set for January 24 at 2 p.m. before US District Judge Marina Garcia Marmolejo. At that time, McCoy faced up to 10 years in prison.

The case dates back to July 19, when a Texas Department of Public Safety soldier stopped a white international tractor pulling a white refrigerated trailer for not driving on a single lane. The traffic stop was approximately 8 miles east of Laredo on US 59.

The DPS identified the driver as McCoy. He presented a bill of lading and added that he was carrying a load of bananas. When asked if there were any migrants in the trailer, McCoy replied, “No”. He would have allowed the soldier to look inside the trailer. The soldier then discovered numerous people after cutting the seal off the trailer. The DPS contacted the US Border Patrol for assistance.

Officers arrived and determined that the 115 people inside the trailer had crossed the border illegally. Special agents from Homeland Security Investigations responded to take charge of the case. McCoy reportedly agreed to provide a statement after the arrest.

McCoy said he was contacted to transport the semi-trailer for $ 250. He added that he had made three previous trips for the same person, according to the plea agreement.

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