JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A federal appeals court has denied the appeal of a woman convicted in Mississippi of harboring people suspected of being in the country illegally from China, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, India and Mexico.
Sheren Nguyen was sentenced to three years in prison in 2012.
Prosecutors say Nguyen was transporting nine people in a Chevy Suburban when it was pulled over on Interstate 55 in Pike County on Dec. 15, 2010.
In her appeal, Nguyen argued the traffic stop was illegal.
A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals says Tuesday that the traffic stop was justified.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agent Bradley Byrd had said in an affidavit that three of nine were male juveniles from Guatemala, Honduras and India.