Georgia man faces 10 years in jail for smuggling 117 folks by Laredo

Jonathan Kyle Price pleaded guilty to the conspiracy to transport migrants in federal court in Laredo, US Attorney General Jennifer B. Lowery said on Monday.

The 42-year-old man from Covington, Georgia admitted that he agreed to smuggle 117 migrants past a United States border checkpoint.

The conviction will take place on October 25th under US District Judge Marina Garcia Marmolejo. The price will stay on the bond until that hearing.

The US Attorney’s Office announced that Price arrived at a checkpoint on Interstate Highway 35 about 29 miles north of Laredo on February 19.

Price arrived in a semi truck but reportedly drove away before his immigration inspection was completed.

Police tracked the man and stopped him shortly afterwards, officials said.

A K-9 detected an odor in the trailer, which led authorities to find 117 migrants upon inspection.

The US prosecutor said Homeland Security Investigations conducted the investigation with the assistance of the USBP. U.S. Assistant Attorney David Fawcett is the attorney.