An exotic dancer from Tucson was arrested Friday night on suspicion of human smuggling.
Maria Bustamante, 33, was stopped just before 8:30 p.m. along Interstate 10 near Picacho, for several traffic violations, said Tim Gaffney, spokesman for the Pinal County Sheriff's Office. She was driving a 2004 Oldsmobile minivan with six men as passengers.
Bustamante told deputies she was on her way to visit the father of her children who is incarcerated in Texas. As a favor to a friend, she agreed to drive the men to Phoenix on her way to the Lone Star State, Gaffney said. All of the men were in the United States illegally and had paid for the ride to Phoenix.
Bustamante was booked into the Pinal County jail on six counts of human smuggling.
The men were turned over to the U.S. Border Patrol.