MCSO arrests 16 illegal immigrants, including 6-year-old

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The Maricopa County Sheriff's Human Smuggling Unit arrested 16 illegal immigrants who were being smuggled by van through the northern part of Maricopa County, according to officials. 

During the investigation, Sheriff's detectives also discovered a 6-year-old unaccompanied minor in the vehicle. All the suspects were on their way to New York, New Jersey, Kansas, Texas, California, Connecticut and Kentucky. Authorities say they all paid between $300 and $3,500 to be illegally smuggled into the U.S. from Mexico. The child claims to be from El Salvador.

Sheriff Arpaio ordered the majority of the violators to be booked into his jail in lieu of being turned over to the federal government. The 6-year-old child was turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials for their disposition.

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