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Laredoan sentenced for transporting 149 aliens in packed trailer

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Texas

LAREDO, Texas – A 54-year-old resident of Fort Meade, Florida, has been ordered to federal prison after he agreed to drive a tractor-trailer full of undocumented aliens from Laredo to San Antonio, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Jennifer B. Lowery. 

Joseph Winslow pleaded guilty March 5.

Today, U.S. District Judge Marina Garcia Marmolejo ordered Winslow to serve a 72-month sentence to be immediately followed by three years of supervised release.

On Dec. 30, 2020, Winslow arrived at the Border Patrol (BP) checkpoint on Interstate Highway 35 approximately 29 miles north of Laredo. Authorities conducted an X-ray of the trailer he was driving and discovered it was full of people. They ultimately identified a total of 149 undocumented aliens inside.

Winslow agreed to transport the individuals in return for $10,000.

Winslow is currently in custody where he will remain pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations conducted the investigation with the assistance of BP. Assistant U.S. Attorney David Fawcett prosecuted the case.

Updated September 10, 2021

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