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"Lauro" was the possible name of a human-trafficking smuggler who died of exposure in the vicinity of Dateland, Arizona on May 23, 2001.

Case

"Lauro" and two other men, Jesus Lopez-Ramos and a man only known as "Santos", were guides, also known as coyotes, who were smuggling twenty-eight migrants illegally from Sonoyta, Mexico to into the United States on May 19, 2001. The migrants each paid the men $1,400 and brought their own water and were told the trip would take two days and they would travel at night to avoid detection and the desert heat. From their intended destination, the migrants would be driven to Phoenix, Arizona for transportation to Illinois and Florida.

Lopez-Ramos said he would be paid a hundred dollars for each migrant he delivered to a highway north of Ajo, Arizona and has made multiple trips into the desert before. This time however, the group got lost and lost all of their water on the second day. "Santos" and three of the migrants would return to Mexico. On the morning of the third day, Lopez-Ramos and Lauro told the remaining migrants to stay put and give them ninety dollars while the two went to get water. Lopez-Ramos and Lauro walked about eighteen miles for the next day, and "Lauro" eventually died from exposure. Lopez-Ramos was recovered five miles from the I-8 highway in Yuma, Arizona and sent to the hospital. The other migrants were found by the United States Border Patrol thirty miles from the intended destination. Out of the twenty-eight migrants, half of them died from intense dehydration and heat exposure.

Lopez-Ramos had made it within five miles of Interstate 8 in Yuma, Arizona. Lauro was found nearby in the vicinity of Dateland, Arizona on May 23, 2001.

On May 28, 2001, a federal grand jury indicted Lopez-Ramos on fourteen counts of illegal immigrant smuggling that resulted in death and on eleven counts of illegal immigrant smuggling that resulted in serious bodily injury or placed the immigrants in jeopardy. Prosecutors considered the death penalty, but decided against it. Lopez-Ramos was scheduled for trial on November 6, 2001 but plead guilty on October 18, 2001 during a hearing before U.S. District Judge Susan R. Bolton. He was sentenced to sixteen years in prison. On September 18, 2001, a man named Evodio Manilla-Cabrera was indicted on smuggling charges after it was found out the other smugglers worked on behalf of him. However, as of 2019, Manilla-Cabrera remains at large and is wanted by Interpol.

Lauro is now buried at Plot County SP 1220 in Yuma Pioneer Cemetery in Yuma.

Characteristics

  • Black hair, half-inch length on the sides and 2.5" on the top.
  • Brown eyes.

Clothing and accessories

  • Green short sleeved t-shirt with a "Pacific" logo.
  • Black "Wrangler" denim pants, size 31x30.
  • Brown leather belt with horse-head buckle.
  • Black underwear, size small 36.
  • Tan socks.
  • Black "Starter" shoes, size 6.5.
  • Adult comic strip clippings in pocket.

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