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Texan Convicted Of Smuggling Illegal Immigrants In Load Of Limes

July 16, 2018 - 8:41 am

CORPUS CHRISTI (AP) -  A South Texas man faces up to 10 years in federal prison after being caught trying to smuggle 30 immigrants in a refrigerated truck trailer hauling a load of limes.

Prosecutors say David Rodriguez Sr. of Carrizo Springs was convicted Friday in Corpus Christi of conspiring to and transporting illegal immigrants.

The 52-year-old Rodriguez remains free on bond pending sentencing in the case involving a search last December at a Texas border checkpoint near Falfurrias (fal-FYOO'-ree-uhs).

 Investigators say the immigrants were in a locked trailer and hidden behind pallets of limes.