Franklin claimed the Chinese national asked for a ride to Houston, despite not knowing any English. He also said the man asked to ride in the trunk.
A federal jury in Corpus Christi, Texas has convicted a 45-year-old Houston man for transporting an undocumented Chinese national, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick today. The federal jury deliberated for two hours before convicting Torrie Franklin following a one-day trial.
According to officials, Franklin drove a blue four-door sedan into the inspection lane at the Border Patrol Checkpoint located near Falfurrias.
Upon his arrival, authorities conducted a routine inspection, at which time a K-9 alerted to the trunk of the vehicle. That is where officials found an undocumented Chinese national. At the time of his arrest, Franklin told authorities he had encountered the man at a gas station.
The defense attempted to convince the jury that Franklin was merely a good Samaritan just providing a ride, but the jury did not buy it.