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Somali citizen paid to help people across border

Posted at 8:33 AM, Dec 22, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-22 10:33:38-05

A Somali citizen was paid to help sneak people across the U.S. border, according to a criminal complaint in Federal Court.

Last week, according to the paperwork, Omar Haji Mohamed, a Somali citizen, was stopped at a border checkpoint in Why, Arizona, near the Tohono O'odham Nation.

Agents say Mohamed was driving a silver Volvo SUV with two other passengers. After an investigation, agents say they determined the two passengers were: Gilberto Alcantar and Alma Delia Reyes-Castillo. Both were illegal immigrants from Mexico, according to an affidavit.

The criminal complaint alleges that Alcantar and Reyes-Castillo told agents, "They had made arrangements to enter the United States illegally....their guide instructed them to find a gray Volvo SUV after entering the United States."

Both Alcantar and Reyes-Castillo identified Mohamed as their driver, according to the criminal complaint.