LAREDO, Texas – A Chicago man has been arrested and charged with transporting undocumented immigrants after federal agents near the Texas-Mexico border found 12 people inside his tractor-trailer truck.
The Border Patrol said Carlos Rodriguez was pulled over last week near Laredo after he failed to stop at a checkpoint on Interstate 35 north of the border city.
Court documents show that the 12 people in the truck were from Mexico, Guatemala and El Salvador.
The San Antonio Express-News reported that one of the truck occupants from Guatemala told authorities he paid about $1,000 to be smuggled into the U.S. and that he’d have to pay another $4,000 once he reached his destination in Florida.
Rodriguez now faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.