Truck Driver, Michael Warren Mccoy charged with smuggling 115 in refrigerated trailer
LAREDO, TS (STL.News) A 43-year-old resident of Rosharon is set to make an appearance in Laredo federal court on allegations he attempted to smuggle dozens of undocumented non-citizens, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Jennifer B. Lowery.
Michael Warren Mccoy is set to appear before U.S. Magistrate Judge Christopher A. Dos Santos at 1:30 p.m. 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 vehicle bearing Texas license plates due to a failure to drive in a single lane.
At that time, they cut the seal on the trailer doors and discovered a total of 115 undocumented individuals, according to the charges.
The complaint alleges 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.
Homeland Security Investigations, Texas Department of Public Safety and Border Patrol are conducting the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Anthony Garrie Brown is prosecuting the case.
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A defendant is presumed innocent unless convicted through due process of law.