Charges filed against alleged human smuggler |

Charges filed against alleged human smuggler

NICOLE FORMOSAsummit daily news

Summit County, CO ColoradoBRECKENRIDGE – District Attorney Mark Hurlbert filed six counts of felony human smuggling against Enrique Alberto Lopez-Baca on Wednesday, making him the first person in Summit County to be charged with the crime at the state level since a change in the law in June.Cases of human smuggled used to be handled only at the federal level, but state lawmakers passed a bill earlier this year making it a felony under state law to receive money in exchange for helping someone enter the U.S. illegally. Frisco police officers arrested Lopez-Baca, 27, on Nov. 28 at the Kentucky Friend Chicken after a citizen called to report a large group of Hispanic males eating at the restaurant who were all underdressed for the cold weather.Lopez-Baca, also an illegal alien, told police he was driving a minivan with 16 passengers from Mexico to New York.At least five of the passengers told police officers that they had paid, or agreed to pay Lopez-Baca up to $2,300 for transportation to jobs in the U.S. None said he was coming to work in Colorado.Each count of human smuggling is punishable by four to 16 years in prison and fines of up to $750,000.Lopez-Baca also faces one count of obstructing a peace officer for trying to flee the scene before he was arrested. He has applied for representation from the public defender. His next court date is Dec. 12.Nicole Formosa can be reached at (970) 668-4629, or at

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