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Phoenix woman who ran stash house for migrants pleads guilty

Missing Gavel
Posted at 7:08 AM, Nov 19, 2021

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A 43-year-old Phoenix woman who admitted supervising a so-called stash house for migrants who entered the U.S. illegally awaits sentencing after pleading guilty to a human smuggling charge.

A Feb. 1 sentencing is set in federal court in Tucson for Amalia Gonzalez-Lara on her guilty plea Thursday to one count of conspiracy to transport and harbor migrants who are in the country illegally.

A plea agreement between Gonzalez-Lara and prosecutors said federal agents found 20 migrants from Mexico and Guatemala inside a home in Avondale and that the migrants had been transported through southern Arizona en route to metro Phoenix.

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