TUCSON — A volunteer for a group that tries to prevent immigrants from dying in the Arizona desert is scheduled for trial on Nov. 14 on charges that he illegally harbored people in the United States.

Border Patrol agents arrested Scott Warren, a 35-year-old volunteer with Tucson-based No More Deaths, at a humanitarian-aid station in Ajo on Jan. 17. Agents also arrested two Central American men and alleged Warren was smuggling them into the United States. Warren was indicted in February by a federal grand jury on two counts of harboring and one count of human-smuggling conspiracy.

He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Warren is the only border-aid worker in Southern Arizona known to have been arrested on human-smuggling charges since 2005.

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Immigrants who sneak into the United States through the desert face many dangers, including walking for days in scorching heat.

 

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