Man admits smuggling immigrants

Mar 8, 2008 Full story: The State

“We don't ask people where they're going or what they're doing”

A Seneca pilot caught smuggling illegal immigrants from Texas to Clemson faces up to 10 years in federal prison.

James Leroy Pierson, 60, pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court in Southern Mississippi District to transporting illegal immigrants by airplane. He will be sentenced June 2.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection investigators caught Pierson on Jan. 28 at an airport in Meridian, Miss. He had two men, a woman and a child in his Cessna and was flying them to Clemson, according to an affidavit filed in federal court. Read more

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