Man pleads guilty in human smuggling operation at Phoenix mobile home
PHOENIX – A man pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday to human smuggling for running a stash house at a west Phoenix mobile home park, authorities said.
Macario Ulises Barragan-Cisneros, 45, of Mexico, was arrested Sept. 21 inside a mobile home near Van Buren Street and 67th Avenue, the U.S. Department of Justice said in a press release Wednesday.
Homeland Security Investigations and Border Patrol agents found 29 undocumented individuals from Mexico and Guatemala in or around the trailer, the DOJ said.
The people were smuggled across the southern U.S. border near Nogales, according to the DOJ.
Barragan-Cisneros faces up to 10 years in federal prison plus a fine of up to $250,000 for conspiracy to transport and harbor unauthorized individuals. Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 10, 2022.
The case was prosecuted by U.S. Attorney’s Office in Tucson.