TULAROSA, N.M. (KRQE) – Two people who have been accused of smuggling undocumented immigrants in a U-Haul through New Mexico, are staying behind bars for now. Alexis Lovato and Cristian More-Hernandez were arrested last week when Tularosa Police pulled over the van.
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Investigators say they found eight people hiding in the back. One woman was suffering a medical emergency and died on the scene. Lovato and More-Hernandez are facing federal charges for illegal transportation of immigrants resulting in death. A federal judge ruled it would be a risk to release them, so they will stay locked up until trial.