Published On: Fri, Jul 30th, 2021

Arizona Woman Indicted for Smuggling Aliens in Fatal Crash

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A Tucson woman has been indicted for allegedly smuggling two illegal aliens from Mexico while driving a car that crashed into a tow truck in southern Arizona, killing one of her illegal alien passengers. Michelle Sunshine Betters, 44, appeared telephonically in federal court on Tuesday on charges relating to the transportation of illegal aliens while placing a person’s life in jeopardy and causing bodily injury resulting in death. Betters was previously indicted on three counts by a federal grand jury and was ordered detained pending trial on Sept. 8. “These events highlight the incredibly dangerous nature of human smuggling attempts,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Glenn B. McCormick in a written statement. “Illegally transporting non-citizens is hazardous for all involved—the transporter, the non-citizens, and the general public,” McCormick said. “The possibility of a tragedy is always present, and it sadly became a reality this time.” On June 3, Detective Jose Flores …

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