Tucson Man Sentenced to 18 Months Plus Fined $5000 for Alien Smuggling

Donald Douglas Scarlett, III, 54, of Tucson, Arizona, was sentenced on October 3, 2022, by United States District Judge Cindy K. Jorgenson to 18 months in prison, followed by 36 months of supervised release.

In addition to his prison sentence, the government argued for, and the court ordered, Scarlett to pay a fine of $5000. Scarlett previously pleaded guilty in May 2022 to Conspiracy to Transport Illegal Aliens for Profit.

On March 19, 2022, United States Border Patrol agents observed Scarlett making U-turns and otherwise driving erratically while traveling near the Arizona-Mexico border and proceeded to conduct an immigration stop. During the stop, agents discovered six undocumented noncitizens from Mexico inside Scarlett’s vehicle.

Custom and Border Protection’s U.S. Border Patrol, Sonoita Station conducted the investigation in this case. The United States Attorney’s Office, District of Arizona, Tucson, handled the prosecution.

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