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YCSO Stops Van Driver Smuggling Illegal Aliens

Yavapai County Sheriff's Office Area Commands

Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office Area Commands

Sedona AZ (January 15, 2013) – This morning at approximately 4:00 a.m., a Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office deputy stopped a maroon passenger van speeding on north Interstate 17, near Highway 169 exit, Camp Verde area. The van had been travelling 89 mph in a 65 mph zone.

The driver provided only a Mexico identification card. While speaking to the driver about the violation, the deputy saw eight passengers in the van – three female and five males. Further conversation confirmed that the driver and passengers were undocumented aliens heading for Santa Fe, New Mexico.

The YCSO deputy contacted Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) by phone and received authorization to detain and transport the group to the Camp Verde Detention Center pending release to ICE personnel.

While deputies were clearing the van prior to its tow, another male was found hiding under a large floor mat. All ten persons were transported to the Detention Center. Three of the ten were juveniles.

The van, registered to a Phoenix address, was impounded for a 30 day hold.

The driver admitted transporting the nine passengers as part of a human smuggling arrangement. In this case, he met with a contact at a gas station in Phoenix and was given a set of keys to the van with its nine illegal alien passengers. He was instructed to drive to Santa Fe, New Mexico, drop off the passengers, and return to Phoenix where he would be paid for his services. Specific information was provided to ICE personnel for follow-up.

Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with information or questions at 928-771-3260.

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  1. Derrick Bor says:

    keep them doggies rolling

  2. Illegals can't be called illegal. says:

    Moot point arresting them as the Obama administration lets all the illegals in as part of the plan to take down our country. Now they want to reward illegals with free citizenship. I can’t illegally enter any country or get birth right citizenship. The US is the last country on earth to give citizenship based on birth only.

    If I head to France or Mexico and have a baby he or she will not be a citizen of those countries. So who are the people who illegally enter our country? The ones who have nothing to lose by leaving home, home is so unsavory for them that they risk coming here.

    The Mexicans I have spoken to visiting here legally or who still live in mexico say they love their country and would never come here, they have money and a nice home and own businesses or are professionals. They said, “Americans think Mexicans are poor, uneducated, or drug dealers, criminals, etc. but what Americans see is the bottom of the Mexican barrel, the middle and upper classes are not the ones coming to America except on vacation.”

  3. The current movement to ban the “I” word as expressly identified in “illegal” is pathetically funny. Those attempting to do so overlook the fact that the word “immigrant” also begins with the letter “I”. Moral of story: Be careful what you ask for.

  4. Having personally caught a news item whereby a presentation was being made from those soliciting the idea of banning the “I” word (illegal) with regards to immigration, here’s another point to ponder.

    Should that event occur, then what’s to prevent the “I” word from being applied to all things presently deemed illegal?

    If disregarding “illegal” for only those who ignore immigration laws because they believe it’s OK to enter this country without following the rules, then would it not be considered discrimination if the “I” word were not abolished across the board?

    In other words, why shouldn’t those who want to use drugs, commit arson, robbery, rape, murder, fraud, extortion, traffic violations, child molestation, animal abuse, domestic violence . . . the list goes on and on . . . also be taken into consideration under broad based constitutional rights and likewise be stricken from the books of law and order if in even one instance an exception is allowed to say “OK” to blatant violations?

    When ineffective law enforcement has set an example of being the root of an out of control situation, then why shouldn’t all laws be put to bed and truly do away with the world “illegal” in the broadest sense of the word?

    Maybe only at such a time would elected officials, at all levels, be handed a situation which would remove them from their self imposed ideals of their lofty positions whereby they will be forced to discontinue selectively picking and choosing the special interests they personally deem worthy of their consideration. Without laws and subsequent adequate enforcement they just might be reduced to living in the real world like the majority of the people they were initially elected to represent. Just a thought . . .

  5. Bob, Sedona says:


    Here are the facts about legal and illegal immigration from the Obama admin and government. Hold the opinions and read the facts. There are arguments worth discussing on both sides, pro and con. Like your discussions.

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