Register | Forgot Your Password? | Close
illegals.jpg
The suspected illegal immigrants are shown in the truck bed underneath the camper cover. (Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)

Eighteen suspected illegal aliens, all piled in the bed of a pickup truck with a camper shell, were arrested Wednesday night, the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office said in a release.

The suspect vehicle was spotted traveling at a high rate of speed on State Route 87 by deputies, who pulled the vehicle over. When they did, eight men fled on foot. Three were captured.

Fifteen more suspected illegals were found in the truck bed. All 18 suspects admitted to paying a smuggler between $1,000 and $8,000 to be taken into the United States. Some of the men were Mexican nationals, others were Guatemala nationals.

One suspect, a 15-year-old boy, was turned over to Immigrations and Customs Enforcement. The other 17 suspects were booked into the Fourth Avenue Jail.

share this story:
Attention KTAR.com Comment Users: We have recently changed our comments boards.
We would like you to be part of the conversation and The Voice of Arizona by logging in with your Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Disqus account. Existing KTAR (Arizona Sports) account members will need to create a Disqus account or use one of the aforementioned social media logins. Thank you.
comments powered by Disqus

World Class Arizona

  • Dignity Health

    World Class People. World Class Company. Excellent care, delivered with compassion, for all in need.
  • Family in Focus

    KTAR spends the week taking a look at the issues a modern Arizona family faces.