A Mexican man has been convicted in a human smuggling case in Arizona.
Berlain Galvez-Lopez, 26, was found guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Tucson on three counts of smuggling immigrants for private financial gain. He’s scheduled to be sentenced on April 12, federal prosecutors say.
U.S. Border Patrol agents in the Casa Grande area discovered several footprints after responding to detection technology while patrolling in the west desert last November.
Agents tracked the footprints for several miles before encountering a group of individuals who had entered Arizona illegally.
During processing, agents identified Galvez-Lopez as the foot guide or “coyote.” A records check also revealed Galvez-Lopez had been deported twice before for being in the country illegally.