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Border activists who left water for migrants are fined

March 5, 2019

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The U.S. Attorney’s Office for Arizona says four border activists have agreed to pay $280 each under a plea agreement that dismisses criminal charges against them.

A office spokesman says the agreement covers volunteers with the humanitarian group No More Deaths: Caitlin Persis Deighan, Zoe E. Anderson, Logan Thomas Hollarsmith and Rebecca Kate Grossman-Richeimer.

The four pleaded guilty Monday to civil violations on the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge in Ajo, Arizona, when they entered the wilderness area without a permit to leave water and food for migrants crossing the broiling desert.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service conducted the investigation.

A separate set of four volunteers with the same group were fined last week in a similar case: Natalie Hoffman, Oona Holcomb, Madeline Huse and Zaachila Orozco.