97 Illegal immigrants found in refrigerated truck hauling fruit

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PHOENIX -- A traffic stop for faulty equipment has led to the discovery of nearly 100 undocumented immigrants stuffed inside a refrigerated commercial trailer.

A tip from federal agents led an Arizona Department of Public Safety officer to make the stop Wednesday night on Interstate 19 north of Nogales.

During a search of the trailer, the officer discovered 97 immigrants including adults and children in freezing conditions. The trailer carrying fruit had a temperature inside of 34 degrees.

The children ranged in age from 9 to 12.

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The U.S. Border Patrol and Customs responded and took custody of the immigrants.

DPS says the smuggled immigrants are from Mexico and Guatemala and will be returned home.

The driver was taken into custody for a misdemeanor warrant.

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