SAN DIEGO — A 32-year-old Mexican national, Martin Osuna Hernandez, was arraigned in federal court here Friday and charged with illegal immigrant smuggling.
Osuna is suspected of being the guide for a group of immigrants who illegally crossed the U.S.-Mexico border west of Calexico on Tuesday. Two members of the group allegedly traveling with Osuna died from heat exposure after the temperature reached well above 100 degrees, a U.S. Border Patrol press release states.
Unable to continue north, the smugglers allegedly left three members of the group behind, the release states.
One of those left behind — the strongest of the three — went to get help, the release states.
An unidentified farm hand alerted a Border Patrol agent that there were people in need of medical assistance, according to the release.
The agent located footprints and tracked them back to the two migrants who had, by that time, died.