Man accused of transporting people in US illegally at Vt. border

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Published: Aug. 3, 2022 at 8:24 AM EDT
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BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - A man accused of transporting people he knew were in the U.S. illegally will be held in jail while the court case proceeds.

The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont reports Marco Salvedra-Espinoza, 42, of the Bronx, New York, was in federal court in Vermont on Tuesday.

Agents say he was stopped near the Vermont-Canada border on July 27 with people who admitted they paid thousands of dollars to be smuggled into the country. The passengers were charged with illegal entry into the United States, a misdemeanor, in a related case.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office says further investigation found Salvedra-Espinoza is a Mexican national who had previously been removed from the U.S. and who does not have legal status here.

Salvedra-Espinoza could be sentenced to up to five years in prison if found guilty of unlawful transportation of individuals.

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