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Final charge against Arizona humanitarian volunteer dropped

February 27, 2020 GMT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A federal judge in Tucson has dropped the final charge against a humanitarian volunteer who was arrested while trying to help migrants in the Arizona desert.

Scott Warren was scheduled to be sentenced Thursday for a misdemeanor conviction of driving in a wilderness area.

Prosecutors asked U.S. District Judge Raner C. Collins to dismiss the case with prejudice, meaning the charge cannot be brought again.

They didn’t immediately say why they asked for the case to be dismissed.

Warren, 37, was acquitted in November of felony charges of harboring two Central American migrants who spent several days at an aid station in Ajo.

Warren was one of nine No More Deaths workers who were charged with misdemeanors related to leaving humanitarian aid on Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge about 150 miles southwest of Tucson.

A judge recently reversed the convictions of some of the workers, finding they were acting on religious beliefs.

Warren was charged with driving on unauthorized roads in June 2017 on Cabeza Prieta to leave water and supplies for migrants in remote areas.

Thousands of immigrants have died crossing the border since the mid-1990s when increased enforcement pushed many to Arizona’s scorching desert.