PSP: Men arrested on I-78 smuggled illegal migrants | Regional News from Berks

BETHEL TWP., Pa. – Two Arizona men are behind bars in Berks County in connection with a suspected human trafficking case.

Their arrests followed a traffic stop on Interstate 78 West in Bethel Township on Sunday. A Pennsylvania State Police soldier said he stopped a Nissan Armada with an unreadable license plate and heavily tinted windows.

The soldier said SUV driver Eric Guzman identified himself with a Mexican ID card. During the interview with Guzman, the soldier said he observed “other signs of criminal activity” and sought Guzman’s consent to search the vehicle. Guzman gave his consent.

According to the probable cause affidavit, the search uncovered a large sum of US money and a newspaper that included numerous US states and numbers, consistent with contraband contraband.

The soldier took Guzman and his passenger, Martinez Hernandez Gerardo, into custody and transported them to Tilden County State Police Station for further questioning.

Hernandez Gerardo later admitted that the money found in the SUV was their “payment for transporting illegal immigrants from Phoenix, Arizona, to the northern states of the United States,” according to court documents.

Guzman and Hernandez Gerardo, both 26, in Phoenix, were held in Berks County Jail for the first degree felony of trafficking in the proceeds of illegal activities. A judge set their bond at $ 50,000 each.

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