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Ex-local farmhand off to prison for human smuggling

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The leader of a Phoenix-based human-smuggling organization was working on a dairy farm in Fonda when Homeland Security agents caught up with him. Joel Mazariegos-Soto, 29, originally of Guatemala, was arrested near his Fonda residence last April. Now, after pleading guilty to money-laundering and human-smuggling charges, Mazariegos-Soto is headed to federal prison for the next five years. Area law enforcement agencies had little to do with the case. According to State Division of Homeland Security ...

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