80 Arrested after border agents trace footprints

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Largest bust so far this year

The following news release was sent by the Department of Homeland Security:

DOUGLAS - Friday, agents working east of Douglas, Arizona successfully arrested 80 people after a Border Patrol Horse Patrol unit tracked their foot sign.

Agents assigned to the Horse Patrol tracked this large group for several hours until they were finally arrested just outside of the Fairchild Ranch.The group consisted of 79 Mexican males and 1 Mexican female.All individuals were taken into custody and transported to the Douglas Border Patrol Station for processing.

As agents documented the alien's biographical information, their finger prints were entered into the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS).IAFIS returns revealed that 21 of the males in this group of undocumented aliens had prior criminal records; one man was convicted in California for vehicular manslaughter.