On 10-17-2011, at approximately 7:45 p.m., a PCSO deputy heading north on Highway 347 observed two vehicles traveling in tandem. The lead vehicle was a tan, 2000 Lincoln LS sedan. The second vehicle was a blue, 2003 Dodge Grand Caravan. The deputy used speed radar to determine both vehicles were traveling above the posted speed limit of 65 mph.
Registration checks on the vehicles showed both were operating with cancelled insurance. As the Lincoln began to accelerate away, the deputy followed and initiated a traffic stop on the sedan at mile post 167 by turning on his emergency lights. As the suspect’s vehicle pulled to the shoulder and stopped, the passenger door opened and two Hispanic males exited the car; fleeing the scene east into the desert.
The deputy ordered the driver, as well as a passenger seated in the rear to exit the vehicle. Both were placed in handcuffs. The driver identified himself as Dominique Reggie Guillen and stated he was 17 year old, however, MVD records showed Guillen was 18 and lived in Casa Grande.
The passenger did not speak English and informed deputies on scene he was in the United States illegally. Border Patrol later identified the passenger as Gregoro Antonio Martinez-Diaz of Mexico.
|Pictured is the $4,006.60 seized by PCSO deputies.|
While searching both suspects, deputies found a large sum of cash. The amount of money on Guillen totaled $1,256.60, while Martinez-Diaz had $2,750.00.
Martinez-Diaz was turned over to Border Patrol for processing.
Guillen was arrested and charged with Human Smuggling
and Unlawful Transport of an Illegal Alien
Attempts to locate the second vehicle were unsuccessful.