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6th suspect in smuggling ring arrested in Phoenix

FLORENCE, Ariz. — Authorities say a sixth and final suspect has been
arrested in connection with a human smuggling operation that left one man dead
in Tucson.

Pinal County Sheriff’s officials said 39-year-old Gerald Alan Turner was taken
into custody Thursday in Phoenix. He’s being held on suspicion of homicide,
kidnapping and human smuggling plus a parole violation.

Authorities didn’t immediately know Friday if Turner has a lawyer.

Sheriff’s officials said eight heat exhaustion victims were found July 7 in the
back of a U-Haul van at an Interstate 10 gas station at Picacho Peak northwest
of Tucson.

One of the eight — a man from Mexico — died days later at a Tucson hospital.

Three men and two women believed to be members of the smuggling ring were
arrested earlier this month.

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