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San Diego man charged with smuggling three women across U.S.-Mexico border

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Posted at 3:47 PM, Feb 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-18 21:26:03-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - A San Diego man is accused of trying to smuggle three Mexican nationals across the U.S.-Mexico border in his SUV.

Court documents indicate Michael O’Conner drove his Lincoln Navigator to the San Ysidro Port of Entry Feb. 7 about 2:30 a.m. with three women hidden inside.

O’Conner showed his U.S. passport card to a Customs and Border Protection officer and said he was going to Poway, according to the complaint.

A secondary inspection showed a non-factory compartment under the third-row seats where three women were hidden, according to prosecutors.

The undocumented immigrants, Marcelina Lopez-Bravo, Hilaria Juarez-Arce, and Magdalena Sanchez, told prosecutors they had agreed to pay $15,000 and were going to Santa Ana.

O’Conner was arrested and charged with Bringing in Unlawful Alien(s) Without Presentation.

“It’s his first time in actual real big trouble, first time locked up like this," said O'Conner's brother Bobby.

“If there was a phone call that said ‘hey Bobby’s in jail’ nobody would be surprised, but when it’s him, it’s all like, ‘Mickey? Really," said Bobby O'Conner.