A federal grand jury has charged a 60-year-old Florida man with transporting people who entered the country illegally through the Baton Rouge area, U.S. Attorney Walt Green said Thursday.
Four others have been charged with illegal re-entry to the United States, he said.
Raul Vega, of Homestead, Florida, is accused of driving a vehicle on Interstate 12 in Baton Rouge on Dec. 10 with 10 immigrants inside, including four who authorities say had previously been deported from the U.S., Green said.
A grand jury charged those four — David Raymundo-Matom, Antonio Pedro-Lorenzo, Jose Ramirez-Arroyo and Gabriel Salgado-Lozano — with illegal re-entry into the United States by a previously deported immigrant, he said.
Vega is charged with transporting illegal immigrants within the U.S. for commercial or private financial gain.
The Baton Rouge offices of the U.S. Border Patrol and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations are in charge of the investigation.