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      Driver charged in Arkansas for illegal transport

      TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) - Federal authorities have charged a Guatemalan man arrested in Arkansas with transporting people who are in the country without legal permission.

      The Texarkana Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/1pLwIii ) Isaias Elias-Pelico was transporting at least seven passengers when he was pulled over July 24.

      Court documents state Elias-Pelico presented a fake driver's license to a trooper. The officer contacted the Department of Homeland Security.

      Elias-Pelico and the passengers were taken to a federal immigration office in Texarkana. Authorities say his fingertips matched those of a Guatemalan man who had been stopped in the U.S. before.

      A passenger tells police he paid Elias-Pelico and another man $600 to take him from Houston to Pennsylvania. He says he was going to pay another $350 upon arrival.

      Calls by The Associated Press to the driver's lawyer went unanswered early Friday.

      Information from: Texarkana Gazette, http://www.texarkanagazette.com

      Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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