GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — A man accused of transporting eight undocumented immigrants has been arrested in Mississippi.
The Sun Herald reports a deputy sheriff pulled over a Honda CRV with a temporary Texas tag Sunday and found nine people in the vehicle. Five passengers were seated and three were hiding under a cover in the cargo area.
A Homeland Security Investigations agent said in a sworn statement that 26-year-old Emerson Isaac Hernandez-Turcios was driving impaired. He was arrested on a DUI charge.
Turcios allegedly told the agent that he was paid $600 to $700 for the trip and $350 upfront for gas to and from Virginia.
All nine people were taken to a jail, where authorities said the passengers didn't obtain permission to be in the United States.
It's unclear if Turcios has a lawyer.