Skip to comments.Car accident leads to arrest for human trafficking
Posted on 10/28/2011 9:25:21 AM PDT by moonshinner_09
A one-vehicle accident on rural Highway 141 on Monday triggered a search through the desert for passengers and eventually led to the arrest of one man for suspicion of human smuggling and the pending deportation of four of the passengers.
Juan Denys Hernandez Varenez, a Cuban national, has been charged with four counts of smuggling of humans, a class 3 felony.
The San Miguel Sheriffs Office suspects that he was smuggling four undocumented foreigners to the Denver area when the sedan he was driving crashed. All of the passengers, including a 20-year-old female from Grand Junction whose involvement is unknown, fled the area by foot and embarked on an arduous cross-country journey, but were discovered the following day by authorities.
On Monday at around 10:20 a.m., calls came in to the San Miguel County Sheriffs Office about a rollover accident near milepost 33 along Highway 141 in the western part of the county.
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A call to the U.S. Attorneys office in Durango was not returned by press time on Thursday.
The sheriffs office says ICEs refusal to prosecute the driver hobbles its effort to prosecute him.
SMSO will attempt to prosecute the smuggler for violation of Colorado state law, however the witnesses who could testify against him will have been deported, so the success of that prosecution is doubtful, reads a county release.
You just cannot make this stuff... The smuggler will go free and he will feel incline to make another run, since ice is to busy to deal with human smugglers now.
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