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Truck driver accused of smuggling 115 undocumented individuals

Published: Jul. 21, 2021 at 5:44 PM CDT
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LAREDO, Tex. (KGNS) - A truck driver accused of attempting to smuggle dozens of undocumented immigrants is set to make an appearance in federal court today.

According to the charges, authorities encountered a tractor hauling a white refrigerated trailer on U.S. Highway 59 approximately eight miles east of Laredo.

Law enforcement allegedly conducted a traffic stop on the tractor because it failed to drive in a single lane.

There, officers found 115 undocumented people inside the trailer.

The complaint alleges the driver-- 43-year-old Michael Warren McCoy expected to be paid $250 for the transport.

He also had allegedly made three previous, similar trips.

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

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