A Mexican national is accused by federal authorities of smuggling illegal immigrants into the United States and six others were charged with illegal re-entry into the country, U.S. Attorney Walt Green said Friday.

A federal grand jury charged Sabino Guerrero-Estrada, age 27, of Mexico, with transporting illegal immigrants

within the United States for commercial or private financial gain, Green said.

Green said the indictment accuses Guerrero-Estrada of driving a SUV on Interstate 12 in Baton Rouge and was carrying illegal immigrants, including the six indicted on Oct. 17.

“Human smugglers routinely treat people as little more than cargo and place aliens at great risk of harm all in the name of illegal profits,” said Raymond R. Parmer Jr., Homeland Security Investigations special agent-in-charge.

“HSI’s excellent partnership with U.S. Border Patrol sends a strong message that the U.S. border is not open to illegal migration and individuals who place their fates into the hands of coyotes face significant risks during the journey along with prosecution and removal from the country once caught,” Parmer said.

“The integrity of a nation’s borders and its immigration laws – to control who and what comes into and out of the country – is fundamental to any nation’s security,” Green added.

New Orleans Sector Border Patrol Chief Jonathan Richards said the joint effort reduces the ability of criminal organizations to exploit transportation routes within the area.

This matter was investigated by the Baton Rouge offices of the U.S. Border Patrol and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations. These matters are being prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney J. Brad Casey.

The six individuals indicted for illegal re-entry into the country are Maria E. Ixtlilco-Barreto, Osvaldo Rosas-Valencia, Lorenzo Hernandez-Fabian, Daniel Hernandez-Fabian, Mario Mata-Cigarrero, and Dimas Rodriguez-Uriostegui. No other information about the six was released.