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Phoenix Woman Sentenced to 27 Months in Prison for Alien Smuggling and Assault of a Federal Agent

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

TUCSON, Ariz. – Shatasia Emoney Sanders Taylor, 25, of Phoenix, was sentenced last week by United States District Judge Rosemary Márquez to 27 months in prison, followed by 36 months of supervised release. Taylor pleaded guilty to Alien Smuggling and Assault of a Federal Officer on September 6, 2023.

On February 7, 2023, U.S. Border Patrol agents observed Taylor picking up suspected undocumented noncitizens in a desert area near Bisbee. An agent approached the vehicle while it was stationary. As he reached his arm through the passenger door window, Taylor hit the gas pedal. Taylor dragged the agent alongside the vehicle, finally coming to a stop after traveling several hundred feet. In the backseat of the vehicle, agents discovered three undocumented noncitizens whom Taylor was illegally transporting further into the United States.

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

CASE NUMBER:           CR-23-1295-TUC-RM
RELEASE NUMBER:    2024-090_Taylor

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

Updated July 9, 2024

Human Smuggling
Press Release Number: 2024-090_Taylor