Jun 17, 2012 3:04 PM

Smuggling bust in Phoenix area nets 16 arrests

PHOENIX (AP) - The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office has arrested a group of 16 illegal immigrants after stopping them from being smuggled to other parts of the country.

The sheriff's office says a 6-year-old girl found among the group was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, while most of the adults in the group were booked into jail.

The group was found in a van in northern metro Phoenix on Friday, and told deputies that they were on their way to various parts of the country, including New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Kentucky, Kansas, Texas and California.

The 6-year-old told deputies that she was from El Salvador. It's unclear where her parents are and where she was headed.


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