Trucker pleads guilty to hauling illegal immigrants, marijuana

| 1/15/2007

A North Carolina trucker pleaded guilty last week to transporting illegal immigrants and marijuana from Mexico to Dallas.

Daylon Ray Owens, 63, of Kittrell, NC, pleaded guilty to transporting and harboring illegal immigrants and to possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Dallas.

Owens was arrested after witnesses in Dallas saw people leaving Owens’ trailer at a truck stop. Authorities claim Owens obtained 100 kilograms of marijuana in El Paso, TX, and was headed to Miami.

Owens has agreed to forfeit his semi-truck and trailer to the federal government. He is due back in U.S. District Judge Jorge A. Solis’ court on April 4 for sentencing, where he faces up to 60 years in prison and $2.5 million in fines.