April 24, 2012

Woman Pleads Guilty To Smuggling Illegals To Florida

By Jim Mustian, Ledger Inquirer: A Ladonia woman has agreed to plead guilty to a conspiracy to smuggle more than two dozen illegal immigrants to south Florida.

Kathleen Ann Roberson, 21, inked a plea agreement with federal prosecutors Friday that could subject her to up to 250 years in prison and a fine of more than $6 million, according to court records.

The deal shines new light on a February traffic stop in the Tampa area that led to the arrests of Roberson, her 29-year-old neighbor, Jessica Roland, and five Mexican nationals who had crossed the border in Arizona en route to Immokalee, Fla.. The new court filings show the scheme was larger than previously known, and that an investigation by the U.S. Border Patrol linked Roberson to an unnamed "alien smuggling organization" in Arizona. . . . Read More

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