Skip to main content
Press Release

Phoenix Driver Sentenced to Prison for Conspiracy to Transport Five Border Crossers

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

PHOENIX, Ariz. – Dinero Devon Washington, 46, of Phoenix, was sentenced last week by United States District Judge Michael T. Liburdi to 24 months in prison, to be followed by 36 months of supervised release. Washington pleaded guilty to Conspiracy to Transport Illegal Aliens on September 7, 2023.

On April 16, 2021, Washington and his co-conspirator, Alina Pablo, approached the fixed Border Patrol checkpoint in Ajo in a Ford F-150. Border Patrol agents noted five other passengers in the vehicle, all wearing camouflaged clothing with backpacks and carpeting on their shoes, indicators of having recently crossed the border between Mexico and the United States. Questioning by agents confirmed that all five passengers were citizens and nationals of Mexico or Guatemala with no permission to enter the United States and had recently been picked up by Washington and Pablo. Subsequent searches of Washington’s cell phone revealed detailed evidence of the planning and logistics of the smuggling effort, including pin drops, maps, and text messages. Pablo, Washington’s co-conspirator, pleaded guilty to her role in the offense and will be sentenced later this year.

Homeland Security Investigations-Phoenix office conducted the investigation in this case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Louis Uhl, District of Arizona, Yuma, handled the prosecution.

CASE NUMBER:            CR-22-00544-MTL-2
RELEASE NUMBER:    2024-016_Washington

# # #

For more information on the U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Arizona, visit
Follow the U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Arizona, on Twitter @USAO_AZ for the latest news.


Public Affairs
Zach J. Stoebe
Telephone: (602) 514-7413

Updated February 23, 2024

Human Trafficking
Press Release Number: 2024-016_Washington