It’s been a busy week for Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) deputies, as they have captured 49 illegal aliens being smuggled into the U.S. in multi-point sweeps across the region over the past 5 days, including 15 arrested this morning alone. And as in nearly 80% of such cases involving MCSO, most of the illegals were headed for states other than Arizona.
On Tuesday afternoon, sheriff’s detectives were investigating two vehicles near Fountain Hills for human smuggling. The first vehicle contained 10 illegal aliens, including the coyote, which were heading to New York, Delaware, Louisiana, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland and Kentucky. Six were identified as Mexican nationals and three were from Guatemala.
The second vehicle contained 10 to 12 illegal aliens who all ran into the desert from sheriff’s detectives. After a lengthy search of the area using air support and with the assistance of DPS, only three were found and arrested. This group was heading to Ohio.
On Saturday, MCSO detectives discovered a vehicle in Gila Bend which was being used to smuggle illegal aliens into the country. It was carrying six illegals and a coyote. While searching the vehicle, an AK-47 was located under the back seat. That same evening, detectives were investigating a drop house in Gila Bend and found nine more illegals. These groups admitted to crossing the border near Altar, Sonoyta and Sasabe.
Of all those arrested, seven illegal aliens were booked into the 4th Avenue jail on drug charges, while 19 illegal aliens and one U.S. citizen were booked into the 4th Avenue jail on human smuggling-related charges. Six juveniles, and two others were turned over to ICE officials. The investigation continues for the 15 arrested today.
Sheriff Arpaio said, “Illegal aliens continue to cross the border into the United States, violating the law, whether it is the illegal immigration or drug laws….trafficking is increasing involving illegal aliens, and I am preparing for another drug and illegal alien crime suppression operation.”
While lawyers in D.C. argue, and justices deliberate over the fate of Arizona’s landmark S.B. 1070 law, Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his deputies continue to enforce the law every single day, to remove illegal aliens from Arizona streets. And since most of them are headed to states other than Arizona, Joe is also keeping them off a street near you. Way to go, Joe!