6 Arrested For Allegedly Smuggling Aliens In Car Speaker Boxes

Immigration agents say six people have been arrested on suspicion of conspiring to smuggle illegal immigrants across the U.S.-Mexico border in elaborate compartments built into pickup trucks and sports utility vehicles.

Edgar "Chucky" Eduardo Aceves, Claudia Aceves, their father Eduardo Aceves-Murillo and three others were arrested Thursday. They are accused of operating a ring that brought people into the country at least 25 times in 2005 and 2006.

Officials say immigrants were hidden in audio speaker boxes and
secret compartments crafted at Chucky's Body Shop and Aceves
Upholstery in Oxnard.

A six-count indictment accuses Eduardo Aceves of directing the
smuggling ring, while his father - the auto body shop's co-owner -
is accused of modifying pickup trucks to hide the immigrants.

It was not immediately known if the defendants had hired attorneys.
Information from: Ventura County Star,

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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