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A man from Mexico will spend more than a year in U.S. prison

Sasun Bughdaryan

Prosecutors say Jose Navarro-Laguna was suspected of participating in human trafficking

A man from Mexico will spend 18 months in prison, after authorities say he re-entered the U.S. illegally, after being deported.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says 41-year old Jose Navarro-Laguna pleaded guilty to the charge. He was arrested last August after a traffic stop in Jefferson County.

State Police made the stop, and troopers say Navarro-Laguna had a female passenger who spoke no English. Navarro-Laguna told troopers he was giving the girl a ride to Alabama.

After more investigating, troopers say they were suspicious the girl was a victim of human trafficking. They say Navarro-Laguna admitted he gave rides to people for money.

Prosecutors say Navarro-Laguna has been arrested and deported at least three other times since 2005.

January is National Human Trafficking Awareness Month. You can get more information at this website.

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