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West Valley man, brother sentenced for coordinating human smuggling ring

Apr 10, 2024, 9:00 AM

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Two Arizona brothers were sentenced to prison for their roles in a human smuggling ring. (Pexels Photo)

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PHOENIX – A West Valley man was sentenced last week to more than three years in prison for coordinating a lucrative human smuggling ring, authorities announced Tuesday.

Juan Manuel Soto-Guzman, 41, of El Mirage previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to transport and harbor illegal aliens for profit, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Arizona.

Soto-Guzman and his brother, Adulfo, ran a smuggling ring that transported hundreds of people into the country illegally over a 13-month span, prosecutors said.

The operation generated a large amount of illicit revenue, prosecutors said.

How were Arizona brothers punished for human smuggling ring?

U.S. District Judge Rosemary Márquez sentenced Juan Manuel Soto-Guzman to 37 months in prison.

In January, Adulfo Soto-Guzman was sentenced to 27 months for his role in the human smuggling conspiracy.

As part of their plea deals, the brothers also agreed to forfeit a Rolex watch, a Movado watch, gold medallions and currency, prosecutors said.

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West Valley man, brother sentenced for coordinating human smuggling ring