20 suspected illegal immigrants detained
July 22nd 2012 · 28 Comments
Maricopa County Sheriff’s deputies on Wednesday took into custody 20 suspected undocumented immigrants, including three minors, as a result of an investigation into human smuggling, officials said.
Detectives conducted interviews with the immigrants and discovered they had paid anywhere from $300 to $4,500 to be smuggled into the country, the Sheriff’s office said. Information from that investigation led detectives to a house in Mesa where six more undocumented immigrants were taken into custody, officials said.
Three minors, ages 7, 13 and 15, were among them. Detectives said the two younger boys, who are unrelated, were taken into the country to be reunited with their mothers.
The majority are from Mexico and one is from Guatemala, officials said.
Sixteen people were booked into the Fourth Avenue Jail on counts of human smuggling. The three minors and the mother of the 15-year-old were turned over to federal immigration officials.
A version of this column originally appeared in www.azcentral.com.
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