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Nogales man pleads guilty to organizing human smuggling ring

Sentencing set for Friday, April 22
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Posted at 1:14 PM, Feb 03, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-03 15:14:27-05

TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — A Nogales man pleaded guilty to a part in a human smuggling ring operating out of Nogales, Ariz.

Benjamin Gallegos, 24, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to transport and harbor illegal aliens for profit. The crime carries a maximum penalty of 10 years and maximum fine of $250,000.

He will be sentenced Friday, April 22.

Federal prosecutors say Gallegos managed a group that operated stash houses for undocumented people, and arranged for them to enter the country from Mexico.

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