Phoenix man facing human smuggling charges

Posted at 8:04 AM, Jan 23, 2020

PHOENIX, Ariz. -- A Phoenix man is in federal custody, accused of hiding two men in his truck and firing shots at Border Patrol agents.

It allegedly happened during a high speed chase that unfolded across Pinal County on December 16, with speeds roughly 110 miles per hour.

Adrian Faron Stewart, 39, had just gotten out of prison in April 2019, and federal investigators say that by December, Stewart was firing shots out of a Ford Taurus sunroof as ICE agents were chasing behind him.

Court documents filed in federal court reveal that the chase began after an agent at a immigration checkpoint near Casa Grande asked "Stewart to open the trunk, which he did."

The agent immediately noticed two men hiding in the trunk and Stewart sped off with the "trunk lid open."

The lid eventually closed as he was speeding off, and he later fired a gun through the sunroof. The court documents do not indicate the bullets hit agents or anything else.

Once he was arrested, Stewart told investigators he was smuggling the immigrants "for money."

Based on his past, this is not the first time Stewart has been accused of committing crimes for money. He was convicted of four separate counts of robbery during a two-month crime spree between December 2010 and February 2011. He served more than seven years in prison for the crimes.

Stewart is now looking at decades more for alleged human smuggling, while placing lives in jeopardy, as well as five other federal crimes.

The two men hiding in the car meanwhile, are being deported. Their only time in the United States was spent in a trunk or federal detention facility.

The FBI is actively investigating the case, but would not comment further.

This story was originally published by Zach Crenshaw at KNXV.