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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.

Deputies first learned of the smuggling when they investigated a vehicle they later determined had taken 14 people into the country illegally, officials said in a press release.

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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Readers Comments (28)

  1. Bryan says:

    Ya’ll better watch out ! Obama is gonna send Eric Holder after ya !

  2. Chuck Hajek says:

    GREAT JOB, twenty(20) less votes for ovomit!!!!!

  3. Nick Simmons says:

    Don’t let Obama know-he’ll demand that you let them go.He needs those votes.

  4. shitbama is toooooo chicken to put up a border fence on north Mexico like Mexico has at it’s south border, no more new voters.

  5. Hopefully not just detained, but deported.

  6. Deputies first learned of the smuggling when they investigated a vehicle they later determined had taken 14 people into the country illegally, officials said in a press release.
    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 s 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.

  7. I thought Obama stopped Detaining them and GIVING THEM KEYS TO THE CITIES!!!!!!!!

  8. Chuck Miller says:

    Its the “suspected” Part that Changed—-I am sure they KNOW, if ILLEGAL ,or not.

  9. Yeah, Jerry. Put them into giant slingshots and shoot them back over to their own side. Whatta ride!!

  10. Rita Mercer says:

    Re-patriate all of this group of undocumented AND go after all those involved in the smuggling operation too.

  11. SHOULD READ….20 illegals dead & shipped back across the border!!

  12. Well thats new, I thought they were just inviting them right on in !!!

  13. When you deport one nationality you need to deport all. Look at who is buying gas stations, ship them back!

  14. I couldn’t agree more, Karen! My grand parents all came over here the right way…legally…so shall all others! What makes all those other illegals better than my grandparents?

  15. Aside from the fact that they are all probably the sitting president’s supporters!

  16. Linda Otto says:

    But are we watching the back door?

  17. keep protecting us in America. We need more like you.

  18. Where in HELL is the Military on our BORDERS to protect AMERICA ??? I guess they are too busy protecting the MUSLUMS ON THEIR BORDERS!!!!

  19. OMFG..better check Canada borders.

  20. Somebody please delete L.F. Kukoleck`s comment please. Very offensive!!!!





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