SAN DIEGO — At least 26 Mexican infants have been delivered to American couples in the last four months by a baby smuggling ring operating out of Tijuana, according immigration officers.
Clifton J. Rogers, deputy director of the Immigration and Naturalization Service's San Diego district office, said Friday that he expects the number to rise as investigators continue sifting through evidence seized since the ring was cracked Wednesday.
Rogers said the 26 deliveries were made to couples in Indiana, Oregon, Washington, Illinois, New York, California, New Mexico and Kansas since the end of April.
A mother and daughter accused of operating the ring remain jailed without bail in San Diego pending a hearing this week to determine whether bond should be set. Juanita Vargas Espinsosa, 52, and her daughter, Melinda Leyva-Vargas, 28, were arrested Wednesday after they delivered a 5-day-old Mexican girl to a couple at Lindbergh Field airport in San Diego.