Charges Accuse Forest Service Worker In Arizona Of Smuggling Migrants

Mar 3, 2020

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

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Corella was initially released pending trial but that status was revoked after he was arrested in a Jan. 30 incident in which he was accused of picking up five migrants on a personal vehicle from a stash house.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