ROANOKE, Va. (AP) – A Texas man has pleaded guilty in federal court to taking a van of people who lacked permission to enter the U.S. from Texas to three eastern states, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Virginia said.
Daniel P. Bubar, acting U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Virginia, said in a news release that Gary Donel Smith, 30, of McKinney, pleaded guilty on Thursday. He is scheduled for sentencing on April 5, 2021.READ MORE: Texas Gov. Abbott Adds Property Tax Relief; Constitutional Amendment On Bail To 3rd Special Session Agenda
The passengers paid $14,000 for a smuggling service to enter the U.S., and Smith was to be paid for his services after he returned, prosecutors saidREAD MORE: Federal Officials Confirm Many Haitian Migrants From Texas-Mexico Border Camp Staying In US
On Feb. 9, Smith picked up passengers in Dallas, but was involved in a traffic accident the next day in Wythe County, Virginia. Responding law enforcement officers found one juvenile and five adults who were from Ecuador and El Salvador.MORE NEWS: Department Of Justice Sues To Stop Alliance Between American Airlines And JetBlue
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