A Denham Springs couple is looking at 35 years in prison following two different traffic stops on Interstate 10 in Calcasieu Parish. State Police Sergeant James Anderson says during the stops, a total of 25 illegal aliens were discovered in large SUVs.

“These were full-sized SUVs, one of them was an Infinity and the other was a Toyota Sequoia. They were pretty spacious, but really not designed for 25 people.”

Troopers arrested 32-year-old Stephanie Harris and 38-year-old Nicholas Harris, in what Anderson says appears to be a case of human trafficking.

“In many cases, what folks will do is they’ll bring people into the country, but they have to work off if they are being brought in through labor and that is what this appears to be.”

US Border patrol has taken custody of the illegal aliens and placed the juveniles into protective custody as the investigation is ongoing. Anderson recounts what happened on that fateful night.

“They both committed traffic violations about the same time, we had separate troopers stop those vehicles. I was talking to one of them and he was quite surprised to see the number of heads poking up when he went to check on one of the vehicles.”

Each was charged with improper lane use, human trafficking, and human trafficking of a juvenile. Bond for each was set at $376,000.

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