Sheriff Joe orders crime sweep in Buckeye

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First sweep of '09

PHOENIX -- The following is a press release from the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office:

UPDATE: Deputies made eight total arrests, four of eight are U.S. Citizens with misdemeanor charges.

Four of eight are illegal aliens. Two of these four have state misdemeanor charges in addition to being in the County illegally. The other two are found to be in the Country illegally with no other charges.

ORIGINAL: The first crime suppression/human smuggling operation of 2009 by Sheriff's immigration trained deputies and volunteer posse will occur on Friday afternoon, January 9 in the west valley area near Buckeye. Four other crime suppression/human smuggling operations took place in 2008 in cities throughout the valley.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio says the area is being targeted for the operation largely due to it being a dumping ground for homicide victims, most of who are believed to be illegal aliens.

The operation takes place near Interstate 10 and Miller Road where a few weeks ago, a burning body was discovered by a passer by. According to Sheriff's investigators, the body was a male subject in his 20's or 30's and was likely burned alive. The victims' hands and feet were tied. No other trauma was determined by the autopsy.