Posted: Oct 4, 2013 6:23 AM
Updated: Oct 4, 2013 6:23 AM
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) A judge has granted a motion to suppress evidence in the case of a Texas man charged in Mississippi with transporting people who were in the country illegally.
Armando Alvarado was pulled over on Interstate 20 in Rankin County, Miss., in August 2012. His lawyer argued the stop was illegal and any evidence and statements should be thrown out.
The court record says a state trooper stopped Alvarado for following another vehicle too closely. There were four others in the car.
After questioning during a lengthy stop, immigration officials were called and Alvarado was charged.
U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves in Jackson ruled this week that the stop was legal, but when the trooper told Alvarado that he would not be ticketed, he should have been allowed to leave.