East Valley Teens Arrested For Smuggling Illegal Immigrants

Two valley teenagers have been arrested for transporting illegal migrants.

On Friday night, the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office reported that they stopped a 2009 Honda Ridgeline truck traveling through the southern Arizona county on Highway 80 stop near Douglas. Upon investigation, deputies determined that 19-year-old Eli LaClaire from Mesa, and 18-year-old Landon Vert from Gilbert, were transporting five individuals without the necessary documentation.

Both LaClaire and Vert have been charged with human smuggling and were taken into custody and placed in the Cochise County jail.

The CCSO reported that the immigrants were transported and delivered to the US Border Patrol in order for them to be processed.

Law enforcement on the border has reported an increase over the last year in teens from the U.S. being recruited by cartels on social media to be compensated to smuggle migrants into the country illegally. Parents are reminded to talk to their teens about the legal ramifications such activity can bring.