(Jan. 5, 2:45 p.m.) Fresh King Inc., Homestead, Fla., and its owners have pleaded guilty to smuggling contaminated produce into the U.S.

Sentencing is scheduled for March 27 for Denisse Serge and her husband Peter Schnebly. On Dec. 22, they entered guilty pleas to felony charges that they conspired with others to smuggle Guatemalan snow peas and sugar snap peas contaminated with illegal pesticide residues.

Serge is listed as Fresh King’s president, secretary, treasurer and sole director, while former co-owner Schnebly in the pleas is listed as vice president. The Fresh King company was also named as a defendant in the case.

Fresh King imported tropicals, ethnic and specialty fruits and vegetables and grew south Florida avocados, squash, green beans and peppers.

According to the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida in Miami, Serge and Fresh King used false and fraudulent invoices and misbranded the produce contaminated by methamidophos and chlorothalonil pesticides.

Schnebly pled guilty to a misdemeanor charge of introducing and delivering for introduction into interstate commerce the adulterated and misbranded snow peas and sugar snap peas.

Serge faces up to five years in prison as well as a $250,000 criminal fine. Schnebly could be sentenced up to one year and pay a $100,000 fine. Fresh King as a company, according to the prosecutors, could be sentenced to five years probation and pay a $500,000 fine.