Smuggler arrested in Avon; 11 illegal immigrants detained
eagle county correspondent
AVON ” An illegal immigrant accused of transporting 11 other illegal
immigrants on Interstate 70 through Avon was arrested Thursday morning.
Esqaiel Casares Montiel, 22, of Mexico, was heading east to Chicago with
eight men and three women in a Chevrolet minivan when he was pulled over by
Avon Police about 9:30 a.m., said Chief Brian Kozak of the Avon Police
Someone saw the crowded minivan and reported it to police, Kozak said. The
tires were almost flat from all the weight and two people were lying under
one of the rear seats in the minivan that was designed to hold seven people,
The passengers, all from Mexico, paid a person in their country and were
given instructions on how to cross the border and how to meet with Montiel
at a gas station in Phoenix, Kozak said.
Montiel was arrested on suspicion of human smuggling and forgery, both
felonies, and reckless endangerment and driving without a license, Kozak
said. He is being held in Eagle County jail, Kozak said.
Montiel also gave police a Mexican driver’s license under his brother’s
name, Kozak said.
The other illegal immigrants, who planned to look for jobs in Chicago, were
detained in Glenwood Springs by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement,
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