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Charges Accuse Forest Service Worker In Arizona Of Smuggling Migrants

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A U.S. Forest Service employee has pleaded not guilty to federal charges accusing him of smuggling immigrants who were in the country illegally. 

The Arizona Daily Star reported that conspiracy and smuggling charges against 35-year-old Juan Antonio Corella accuse him of using a Forest Service truck on Jan. 8 to pick up three migrants on a road near Douglas.

Corella was initially released pending trial but that status was revoked after he was arrested in a Jan. 30 incident in which he was accused of picking up five migrants on a personal vehicle from a stash house.

An attorney representing Corella did not immediately respond to a request for comment on his behalf.

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