Two Texas men will serve more than a year in federal prison after a traffic stop in South Charleston yielded nine illegal aliens.
Jesse James Joslin III, 23, of Houston and Daniel Ricardo Gonzalez, 22, of Pasadena, Texas were arrested in March during a traffic stop on Interstate 64 in South Charleston.
Joslin was sentenced to one year and a half in federal prison, while Gonzales was sentenced to one year and one day in prison. Both men were sentenced by U.S. District Judge John Copenhaver, according to a statement issued by U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin.
Gonzales pleaded guilty in July and Joslin followed suit in a month later in August.
The men admitted to driving nine illegal immigrants from Houston. They were on their way to Maryland when South Charleston police stopped them on Interstate 64.
The nine immigrants were turned over to the Department of Homeland Security for deportation.South Charleston police and U.S. Immigration and Customs conducted the investigation while Assistant U.S. Attorney Erik Goes handled the prosecution.