CORPUS CHRISTI (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — In all, 6 people were found in a plastic-wrapped dresser and sofa, now a Texas man is going to prison for human trafficking.
The Houston-area man must serve nearly two years in prison for trying to smuggle the immigrants into the U.S. in furniture.READ MORE: Carroll ISD Parents Pack School Board Meeting Following Administrator's Secretly-Recorded Holocaust Comment
Federal prosecutors say 23-year-old Yabar Ayan Portes-Arevalo of Katy was sentenced Monday in Corpus Christi to 21 months behind bars.
Portes-Arevalo in February was convicted of transporting illegal immigrants and endangering their lives. He could lose his status as a legal permanent U.S. resident.READ MORE: Police From All Over Rally To Lift Spirits Of North Texas Child Battling Cancer
Investigators say Portes-Arevalo in December was driving a pickup truck and hauling a plastic-wrapped couch and dresser. He stopped at the Border Patrol checkpoint near Sarita and the Baffin Bay.
Authorities say the driver appeared nervous so the load was examined. Agents removed the plastic and found three people hidden inside the couch and three more inside the dresser.MORE NEWS: 1-Year-Old Dallas Boy At Center Of Amber Alert Found Safe
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