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Tucson woman arrested for alleged human smuggling

FLORENCE, Ariz. — Authorities say a Tucson woman has been arrested for the
second time this month for allegedly transporting people who are in the county
illegally.

Pinal County Sheriff’s officials say a deputy stopped a pickup truck driven by
30-year-old Monica Estrada for several traffic violations on Interstate 10 last
Thursday.

Authorities say four men were in the vehicle and Estrada reportedly told the
deputy she was getting paid $800 for taking them to Phoenix.

Sheriff’s officials say the deputy recognized Estrada because he had arrested
her on Nov. 13 on suspicion of human smuggling and she was driving the same
vehicle again.

The U.S. Border Patrol took custody of the four men and Estrada was booked into
the Pinal County Jail.

It was unclear Monday if she has a lawyer yet.

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