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DHS Arrests 12 People for Human Trafficking and Money Laundering in Sells

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Over $1 million in U.S. currency, six firearms and over 500 rounds of ammunition were found and seized with search warrants, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Agents arrested Manuel de Jesus Ochoa-Vasquez, 38; Carlos Barron-Arredondo, 46; Fabiola Flores-Galves, 46; Isaac Gonzalez-Matul, 34; Oscar Roberto Mejia-De Leon, 25; Saul Martinez-Mercado, 35; Argeo Mendoza-Galvez, 48; Sandra Cuevas-Montesinos, 45; Rolando Cota-Leyva 39; David Lopez-Laurean, 30; Ronaldo Garde-Cienfuegos, 40; and Juan Manuel Osorio-Felix, 36.  

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Arizona unsealed a 14-page indictment Friday. According to the allegations in the indictment, as well as other court filings, the smuggling organization was working in different locations including the west desert, Green Valley, Three Points and the Tohono O’odham Nation.  Reach breaking news reporter Olivia Munson at olivia.munson@arizonarepublic.com or on Twitter @munson_olivia. 

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Arizona is prosecuting the case. Support local journalism.Subscribe to azcentral.com today. 

Nine individuals connected to the human smuggling organization are still “at large,”  according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.  All the individuals face charges of conspiracy to transport and harbor undocumented individuals, according to officials. The indictment also charges five defendants with smuggling minors.

Source www.azcentral.com

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