A North Carolina woman appeared in United States District Court Monday on a charge she transported six undocumented immigrants within the United States
According to U.S. Border Patrol, Carmen Melari Ferrufino Perdomo, 28, a naturalized U.S. citizen who lives in North Carolina, was found driving a car with six undocumented immigrants inside on March 18.
USBP said in the early hours of March 18, officers noticed six people walking into the United States from Canada on Rainville Road, in Highgate, Vermont.
Officers also spotted a white SUV traveling away from the border, and went to investigate.
According to a media release issued by the United States Attorney’s Office, Border Patrol stopped the car, which was driven by the defendant.
Border Patrol identified six undocumented persons from Mexico in the car as well.
Officers say the defendant had flown to Burlington, Vermont on March 17, 2018, and rented the car, claiming it would be returned on March 18, 2018 in New York.
According to a media release, the Mexican citizens admitted entering the United States that night.
If convicted, Ferrufino Perdomo faces up to five years of imprisonment and a fine of up to $250,000.
The actual sentence would be determined with reference to federal sentencing guidelines.
The Swanton Sector Border Patrol is responsible for securing the land border between ports of entry in Vermont as well as New Hampshire and northeastern New York.
Ferrufino Perdomo was represented at Monday’s hearing by Federal Public Defender Steven Barth.
The prosecutor is Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul Van de Graaf.