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Trucker charged after Texas troopers find 115 people smuggled in refrigerated trailer


The U.S. Department of Justice says that that a truck driver will face federal charges in connection with a large scale human smuggling incident discovered in Texas earlier this week.

Forty-three year old Texas resident and truck driver Michael Warren Mccoy was scheduled to appear in a Laredo federal court on Wednesday on charges related to human smuggling.

On Monday, Texas troopers pulled over a refrigerated truck driven by Mccoy on on U.S. Highway 59 approximately eight miles east of Laredo. The truck was reportedly pulled over because the driver failed to stay in a single lane.

When police cut the seal on the trailer doors, they discovered 115 undocumented individuals concealed within the trailer.

Mccoy was arrested and booked into the Webb County Jail.

According to the criminal complaint, Mccoy expected to be paid $250 for transporting the trailer full of people across the border. He allegedly made three similar human smuggling attempts prior to the one on Monday.

If convicted, Mccoy faces up to 10 years in federal prison and a possible $250,000 maximum fine.


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