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TEXAS MEN SENTENCED TO FEDERAL PRISON FOR TRANSPORTING NINE ILLEGAL ALIENS ACROSS THE UNITED STATES

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin today announced that two Texas men were sentenced to federal prison for transporting illegal aliens.  Jesse James Joslin III, 23, of Houston, TX, was sentenced to a year and a half in prison.   Joslin previously pleaded guilty in August.  Joslin’s co-defendant Daniel Ricardo Gonzalez, 22, of Pasadena, TX, was sentenced to one year and one day in prison.  Gonzalez previously pleaded guilty in July.  Joslin and Gonzalez each admitted that on March 31, 2012, they transported nine illegal aliens from Houston, TX, and were en route to Maryland.  The same day, law enforcement officers conducted a traffic stop on the defendants’ vehicle in South Charleston, West Virginia and both men were arrested.

All nine illegal aliens found inside the vehicle were turned over to the Department of Homeland Security for deportation proceedings.

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the South Charleston Police Department conducted the investigation.  Assistant United States Attorney Erik S. Goes handled the prosecutions.  The sentences were imposed by District Judge John T. Copenhaver, Jr. 

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