$500,000 bond linked to suspected immigrant smuggling ring
Thu, 14 Mar 2013 20:20:43 GMT —
Bond is set at $500,000 for suspected human trafficking smuggler Maria Guadalupe.
San Juan police officers tried to pull the woman over during a routine traffic stop, but she took off.
Once Guadalupe stopped more than a dozen illegal immigrants bailed out of the vehicle.
Police launched an investigation uncovering a stash house later in the day located on I road just north of Nolana in deplorable conditions.
Inside, investigators said found 56 illegal immigrants in a home filled with urine and fecal matter.
In the end, investigators recovered some 63 illegal immigrants, and $4,000 dollars in cash hidden in her vehicle.
Investigators believe Guadalupe is part of a 'bigger' organized criminal organization, so more arrests could be made.
A Judge charged her with smuggling, having a fake license plate and inspection sticker.
San Juan Police also called in Child Protective Service, and they removed Guadalupe's two child from her care.