DPS stops truck carrying several suspected illegal immigrants

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PHOENIX -- A police stop early Thursday morning in west Phoenix led to the capture of 13 suspected illegal immigrants.

Department of Public Safety spokesman Sgt. Kevin Wood said DPS received a call about a broken down vehicle shortly before 6 a.m. Units arrived at the 83rd Avenue and I-10 off ramp and found a broken down Ford pickup truck with a sheet of plywood covering the bed.

Officers found eight suspected illegal immigrants hiding under the wood.

Five people in the cab of the truck were also detained. All are believed to be in the U.S. illegally.

The 13 are all adults and will be handed over to immigration authorities.

How long they were in the U.S. and where they were from is not yet known.

Thursday morning's incident is similar to another last month in which several illegal immigrants were found hiding under plywood covering the bed of a pickup.

In that March 16 incident, the driver of the pickup led DPS and police on a high-speed chase through the West Valley. Twelve illegals immigrants, several of whom were found under the plywood, and the driver were eventually taken into custody.

After talking to some of those illegal immigrants, investigators were led to a drop house where they discovered another 58 people, including 11 children. In addition, two smugglers were arrested at the house.

Most of the immigrants in that case were from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, and paid $6,000 each to be smuggled into the U.S.

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