A man accused of spearheading an operation to try and smuggle people into the U.S. at the border of North Dakota and Canada has pleaded guilty.
Darwin Cantarero-Sanchez pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday to two counts, including conspiracy to bring people into the country illegally.
Authorities say that Cantarero-Sanchez, a citizen of Honduras, helped eight people cross into the U.S. near Sherwood, in northwestern North Dakota. He allegedly arranged transportation for the group from Montreal.
Witnesses say the defendant agreed to smuggle one person into the U.S. for $2,000 and another for $1,500.
U.S. District Judge Patrick Conmy scheduled sentencing for July 30.