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Honduran Man Charged with Transporting Aliens

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Louisiana

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – United States Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that WILFREDO GARCIA-HERNANDEZ, age 31, was charged on May 24, 2024 in a  bill of information with transporting illegal aliens within the United States, in violation of Title 8, United States Code, Section 1324(a)(1)(A)(ii).

According to the bill of information, WILFREDO GARCIA-HERNANDEZ was encountered during a traffic stop, knowing that the passengers he was transporting were in the United States illegally.  He faces a maximum term of imprisonment of  five (5) years followed by up to three (3) years of supervised release, a fine of up to $250,000.00, and a mandatory special assessment fee of $100.00.   

U.S. Attorney Evans reiterated that a bill of information is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

U.S. Attorney Evans praised the work of the United States Customs and Border Protection in investigating this matter. Assistant United States Attorney Jon M. Maestri of the General Crimes Unit is in charge of the prosecution.

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Shane M. Jones

Public Information Officer

United States Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Louisiana

United States Department of Justice

Updated May 30, 2024