TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Two men have been convicted of using a shuttle business to smuggle illegal immigrants into southern Arizona.
A federal jury in Tucson also issued arrest warrants for 57-year-old Eusebio Arce-Padilla, of Rio Rico, and 62-year-old Miguel Torres-Organiz, of Tucson.
They both absconded during trial that ended Monday. They're scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 1.
Prosecutors say Arce-Padilla was the head of a Nogales, Ariz.-based smuggling organization that moved thousands of illegal immigrants across the Mexican border for more than five years.
The organization allegedly transported the immigrants in private vehicles to various shuttle businesses in Tucson. They then boarded marked shuttle vans and were taken to Phoenix parking lots and then to drop houses. Fees of up to $2,000 apiece were collected before the immigrants were relocated to U.S. locations.