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A Mexican national was sentenced to three years in prison following his conviction for unlawfully transporting undocumented workers within the United States, U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. reported Tuesday.

Santos Hernandez-Perez, 36, was in a vehicle with five undocumented workers from Mexico when they were stopped Feb. 10, 2012 for traffic violations by Niagara County sheriff’s deputies.

Hernandez-Perez was driving the men from Tucson, Ariz. to Barker, where two were to work on a farm. The others were destined for North Carolina, according to Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Fauzia K. Mattingly. None had permission to be in the country.

Hernandez-Perez’s sentence handed down by U.S. District Court Judge Richard J. Arcara was above the recommended federal guidelines for the crime.