KNOX COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT) - A Houston, Texas man now faces federal human trafficking charges after a traffic stop in Knox County on November 11.
Trooper Jonathan Scott spotted a Ford Expedition without proper registration. He pulled the car over and talked to Noe Guevara, 39, the driver of the car.
Also in the car, were five females and two males, all from El Salvador and between the ages of 11 and 24. They also had no relation to Guevara.
Guevara told the trooper he was taking the passengers to the White House to get their "papers."
Officers searched the vehicle and found several Western Union wire receipts. Guevara also had more than $1,500 in cash on him, along with other signs the SUV had been used for human trafficking.
Federal Homeland Security Investigations were dispatched to the scene and they arrested Guevara on human smuggling charges.
The passengers were picked up by family members living in the United States.
This is not the first time Trooper Scott has made a stop related to human trafficking or smuggling. In 2012, Trooper Scott pulled over car on I-40 in Cocke County.
A woman was eventually arrested and charged with sex trafficking three young women from North Carolina. Those women were safely reunited with their families.