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YAVAPAI COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPUTIES ARREST MAN FOR HUMAN SMUGGLING

On Wednesday March 30th at 9:30 am, a Yavapai County Sheriff’s K9 Unit conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for two civil traffic violations along I-40 outside of Ash Fork. During the stop, the YCSO deputy became suspicious of the behavior of the two people in the vehicle and asked for consent to search the car.  

The occupants agreed, and items suggesting criminal activity were found in a small duffle bag. The deputy questioned the driver, who admitted to being employed by a human smuggling ring and was on his way from California to Texas to meet the employers. 

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The driver, Jose Gallardo Ortiz, 39 from Mesquite Texas, was arrested for conspiracy to commit human smuggling and money laundering and is currently confined in the Yavapai County jail. 

“The YCSO K9 units have had tremendous success this week in stopping dangerous drugs and criminals  from making their way to other communities through ours” said Sheriff David Rhodes. “By using their knowledge and training, our deputies are keeping not only our residents safe, but also those in the  communities where these offenders were headed.” 

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