Sixth suspect arrested in U-Haul human smuggling case

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PINAL COUNTY, Ariz. -- Authorities have arrested a sixth suspect for murder in connection with a U-Haul human smuggling operation.

The U.S. Marshals Office Fugitive Task Force located and arrested Gerald Turner, 39, of Phoenix, Thursday afternoon near Glendale and 75th avenues in Glendale.

Five other suspects previously had been taken into custody during an investigation that began after eight people were found in the back of a U-Haul box truck stopped at the Bowlins Travel Center along Interstate 10 near Picacho Peak on July 7.

Many of them were suffering from heat exhaustion. One of them died.

Witnesses reported seeing several other people walking east into the desert. Members of the Border Patrol caught up with them.

Each had paid $5,000 to be transported from Douglas to Phoenix, according to the Pinal County Sheriff's Office.

Nathan Lamb, 25, Elizabeth Kay, 25, Yolanda Banda, 48, Gerad Punch, 28, and Enrique Morales Velazquez, 53, also face charges in this case.

Sheriff's officials said Banda orchestrated the human smuggling operation, Lamb drove the truck and Kay was in the passenger seat.