Tucson woman arrested again for human smuggling

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Monica Estrada By Jennifer Thomas Monica Estrada By Jennifer Thomas

TUCSON, Ariz. -- A Tucson woman arrested Thursday for human smuggling was driving the same vehicle that she was driving when she was arrested for the same offense a year ago, according to the Pinal County Sheriff's Office.

A deputy stopped a 2003 Dodge Dakota after he observed the driver commit several traffic violations on Interstate 10 near mile marker 209, according to PCSO spokesman Tim Gaffney.

Gaffney said the deputy recognized the driver, identified as Monica Estrada, 30, because he had arrested her last November for human smuggling. She was driving the same vehicle.

Four Hispanic males were in the vehicle with Estrada. Sheriff Paul Babeu said Estrada admitted she was smuggling them from a house in Tucson to a location in Phoenix and was getting paid $200 per person.

The four males all admitted they were in the United States illegally. The U.S. Border Patrol went to the scene and took them to their station for processing.

Estrada was arrested and booked into the Pinal County Jail for human smuggling.

Gaffney said Estrada's vehicle was seized and the sheriff's office will request that it be forfeited since it was used for human smuggling.