CONCORD — A Brooklyn, New York man pleaded guilty on Jan. 17 to charges related to smuggling unauthorized immigrants, according to U.S. Attorney Jane E. Young.
Abraham Hernandez, 27, entered his plea for three counts of bringing in and harboring certain aliens before U.S. District Court Judge Samantha Elliott, who scheduled his sentencing for April 19.
Hernandez was initially indicted on July 5.
Court documents reveal that Hernandez was intercepted in Pittsburg, New Hampshire on June 13, transporting nine unauthorized immigrants in a Honda SUV.
The immigrants were found to be in the country illegally.
The law under which Hernandez was charged allows for a maximum sentence of five years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a fine of up to $250,000.
A federal district court judge will determine the sentence based on the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.
The United States Border Patrol conducted the investigation that led to Hernandez’s arrest.