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Human Smuggler Sentenced to 101 Months for Causing Crash That Killed Passenger

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Arizona

TUCSON, Ariz. – Andres Urias-Soto, 28, of Phoenix, Arizona, was sentenced last week by United States District Judge John C. Hinderaker to 96 months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release. Because Urias-Soto was on supervised release for the offense of transporting illegal aliens for profit when he committed this offense, Judge Hinderaker imposed a sentence of 5 months consecutive for the violation of supervised release. Urias-Soto pleaded guilty to Conspiracy to Transport Illegal Aliens for Profit Resulting in Death and admitted to violating a condition of supervised release.

On June 17, 2021, Urias-Soto agreed to drive to Lukeville, Arizona, to pick up undocumented non-citizens who were present illegally in the United States. Urias-Soto was to be paid to transport them to another location within the United States. On that same date, United States Border Patrol agents observed Urias-Soto pick up two suspected undocumented non-citizens from a gas station and drive northbound on State Route 85 towards Interstate 8. When Border Patrol agents activated their lights and sirens to conduct a traffic stop, Urias-Soto sped up, failed to yield to the agents, and eventually reached speeds up to 110 miles per hour. Shortly thereafter, Urias-Soto lost control of the vehicle and crashed in the desert. One of the passengers succumbed to his injuries. The surviving passenger also sustained injuries.

The investigation in this case was conducted by Homeland Security Investigations, Sells, in coordination with Customs and Border Protection’s United States Border Patrol, Ajo Station, and the Arizona Department of Public Safety. Assistant United States Attorney Arturo Aguilar, United States Attorney’s Office, District of Arizona, Tucson, handled the prosecution.

CASE NUMBER:           21-cr-01933-JCH-EJM
RELEASE NUMBER:    2023-069_Urias-Soto

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Diana L. Varela
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Updated May 12, 2023

Human Smuggling
Press Release Number: 2023-069_Urias-Soto