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Oct 19, 2012 1:40 PM by Faye DeHoff

Pinal County chase finds possible human smuggling attempt

PINAL COUNTY - A chase in Pinal County leads to the capture of four illegal immigrants who Pinal County Sheriff's Deputies believe were part of a human smuggling attempt.

On Friday October 19, around 7:45 a.m., a deputy from the Pinal County Sheriff's Office attempted to stop a Chevy pickup truck at Steele Road and Highway 87 for an equipment violation. The driver of the truck didn't stop and continued driving for approximately four more miles while failing to yield to the deputies emergency lights and siren.
When the vehicle was about one mile away from the Coolidge Airport, it finally stopped and 20 people got out and ran in different directions.

Additional members of the Pinal County Sheriff's Office, U.S. Border Patrol and officers from the Coolidge Police Department responded to help.

Four people were found hiding in nearby brush. They said they were with a group of 20 people which had entered the United States illegally. They told deputies they were from Durango, Mexico.

The four illegal immigrants who were captured were turned over to the U.S. Border Patrol. The Chevy truck will be impounded by the Pinal County Sheriff's Office.

Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu said, "My deputies continue to do their job attempting to stop those who are involved with drug and human smuggling from traveling freely through the United States. This past year, in the Tucson Sector alone, there were 123,000 illegals apprehended."


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