Sunday, January 30, 2011

Maricopa County Sheriff Deputies Along With Posse Arrested 124 Including Illegal Aliens For Drug And Human Trafficking

Sheriff Joe Arpaio

Photo: MCSD

Deputy Sheriff's and civilian posse nabbed multiple suspects during operations to enforce immigration laws.

By H. Nelson Goodson
January 30, 2011

Phoenix, Arizona - On Saturday, the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office announced that deputies and a civilian posse operation within days had arrested a total of 124 suspects for various crimes. Within the last 17 hours of the operation, Sheriff Joe Arpaio reported the arrest of 83 suspects, including 68 illegal aliens involved in human trafficking and drug smuggling. The other 15 suspects were U.S. Citizens who were taken into custody for various offenses, drugs and warrants.
Another 56 illegal aliens had been arrested earlier in the month for human trafficking. Arpaio confirmed that deputies siezed a total of 725 pounds of marijuana from illegal aliens. Methaphetamine was also siezed, but no amount was reported.
Since Sheriff Arpaio began to enforce federal and state immigration laws, at least 44,000 illegal aliens have been identified while in jail or taken into custody in Maricopa County and turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
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