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Suspected Immigrant-Smuggling Ringleader Arrested

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Suspected Immigrant-Smuggling Ringleader Arrested

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Suspected Immigrant-Smuggling Ringleader Arrested

Suspected Immigrant-Smuggling Ringleader Arrested

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Authorities in Guatemala capture and deport to Houston the suspected leader of the immigrant smuggling operation that ended in the deaths of 19 people who suffocated in a tractor-trailer. U.S. Attorney Michael Shelby says 25-year-old Karla Patricia Chavez led more than a dozen other cohorts in a ring that moved illegal immigrants through Mexico into Texas. NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Shelby about the arrests.