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1 arrested in alleged human smuggling case in El Mirage

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El Mirage police discovered that 80 to 100 undocumented immigrants have been being held and processed in the house month-to-month for a minimum of six months.

EL MIRAGE, Ariz. — A lady was arrested in connection to human smuggling in El Mirage on Friday night.

The El Mirage Police Department mentioned they acquired a report round 9:58 p.m. of a number of individuals being held towards their will, together with the girl’s husband, at a house close to the 12000 block of West Dahlia Drive.

When officers arrived on the home, a automobile was leaving the house. Police later stopped the automobile and arrested 24-year-old Tania Estudillo Hernandez whereas she was transporting a Guatemalan nationwide.

During the investigation, El Mirage police discovered that 80 to 100 undocumented immigrants have been being held and processed in the house month-to-month for a minimum of six months and charged as a lot as $15,000 in smuggling charges.

While later serving a search warrant on the house, police say they discovered a semi-automatic rifle, two handguns, ammunition and ledgers documenting human smuggling.

Other paperwork have been additionally discovered that officers say included proof that Hernandez allegedly managed and directed the operation.

Hernandez was booked into jail on violations of kidnapping, money laundering, illegally conducting or taking part in an unlawful enterprise and conspiracy.

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