Crime: Stafford man pleads guilty to transporting underage non-US citizen in plastic container across Sarita, Texas

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (KTRK) – A Stafford man has pleaded guilty after admitting to illegally transporting a non-citizen minor to the United States, US Attorney Jennifer B. Lowery announced.

On March 9, 22-year-old Fernando Jaramillo arrived at a checkpoint near Sarita, Texas, when authorities said they noticed a plastic bin filled with clothing in the back seat of Jaramillo’s car.

Authorities searched Jaramillo’s car after a K-9 signaled something suspicious. The clothes in the trash can were shaken up with a little girl in the plastic bucket, whom Jaramillo admitted he knew was in the US illegally, Lowery says.

Further investigation revealed that the child had traveled to the United States with his mother

Earlier that day, the mother and girl were taken to a store by unknown persons and separated, according to Lowery.

Lowery says Jaramillo didn’t know the minor but put her in the plastic bucket and told her she would only be there for 45 minutes. He also instructed her not to make any noise. She was in the container until the police found her.

Jaramillo remains in custody pending sentencing. He faces up to five years in prison and a possible $250,000 fine.

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