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Man Charged in Deaths of Smuggled Chinese Migrants Found in Car's Trunk


Last updated 8/27/2021 at 4:41pm

SAN DIEGO - Federal charges have been filed against a man who allegedly posted online advertisements to recruit a human smuggler, leading to

the deaths of three Chinese migrants whose bodies were found inside the trunk of a car parked in a San Diego residential neighborhood, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced today.

Saad Ali Awan, 23, of El Centro, was arrested Thursday at his home for allegedly placing help-wanted ads on Craigslist to enlist someone to

smuggle people across the U.S.-Mexico border.

A man who responded to the ads, Neil Edwin Valera, smuggled three Chinese nationals -...

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