Woman Smuggled Hundreds Of Illegal Migrants For 15K Each: Police

An Arizona woman is accused of smuggling hundreds of illegal immigrants into U.S. for as much as $15,000 a each, authorities say
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At a glance

  • Suspect has been identified as Tania Estudillo Hernandez.
  • Hernandez allegedly smuggled 80 to 100 migrants a month into the country for six months before being arrested Friday.
  • Arizona’s El Mirage police department says its investigation shows the undocumented immigrants were charged as much as $15,000 to get into the country.
  • Authorities were tipped off to the scheme when they received a report of a person being held for ransom at a house in El Mirage, near Phoenix.
  • The 24-year-0ld Hernandez was arrested during a traffic stop while transporting a Guatemalan national, police said.

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