JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A naturalized U.S. citizen has pleaded guilty in Mississippi to a charge of transporting two Chinese immigrants who were in the United States illegally.

Court records say Ming Che Chen pleaded guilty Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Jackson.

A criminal complaint says the immigrants went from China to Hong Kong to Honduras, then traveled through Mexico and crossed the border near Laredo, Texas.

Court records say Ming picked them up in Texas and was taking them to New York when a deputy stopped him on Interstate 20 in Rankin County.

Ming was arrested after all three were questioned.

Sentencing is set for Dec. 12.

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