May 25, 2008

Texas man indicted in illegal immigrants case

Texas man indicted in illegal immigrants case
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May 24, 2008 3:18 PM (23 days ago) AP

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Map, News) - A Texas man has been indicted and charged with bringing 17 illegal immigrants into Tennessee and three other states.

The office of the U.S. Attorney for Middle Tennessee said Friday Jose Jasso-Cuevas is charged with transporting the immigrants for private financial gain.

Officials say Cuevas was driving a van and pulled over May 5 in Dickson County, where officers found the 17 illegal immigrants. They were taken to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in Nashville.

Cuevas was transporting them from Texas to Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina.

A criminal complaint states Cuevas knew the passengers were not legal citizens, and he believed most of them to be from Mexico, The Tennessean reports.

The complaint said Cuevas told officers he worked for a company in Houston and was paid $550 per trip for driving illegal immigrants to the U.S.

Copyright 2008 The Associated

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