Santos and Lauro are two Sonoita-based polleros in the Cercas gang. When Jesús arrives in Sonoita, they teach him the treacherous new route he will take across the border. On the morning when the Wellton 26 are set to embark upon their journey out of Sonoita, Jesús is unable to get in touch with Maradona>/span> (the pollero who is supposed to accompany them on the journey), so Santos and Lauro are called in as replacements. After it becomes clear that the group is hopelessly lost, Santos breaks off with a group of five men in a desperate bid to make it back to Mexico alive, but no one ever sees the men from that group again or is able to locate their bodies. Lauro eventually dies of exposure to the elements after Lauro and Jesús break off from the larger group (ostensibly to find help but very likely intending to abandon their pollos).
Santos and Lauro Character Timeline in The Devil’s Highway
The timeline below shows where the character Santos and Lauro appears in The Devil’s Highway. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 6: In Sonoita
Chapter 7: A Pepsi for the Apocalypse
Chapter 10: The Long Walk
Chapter 11: Their Names
...house.” The González Manzano brothers, Isidro, Mario and Efraín, were a “crazy” group of jokers. Lauro, one of the polleros, was alone—nobody, not even Mendez, ever knew his real name. (full context)
Chapter 12: Broken Promise
Chapter 14: Helicopters