Deputies arrest nine on smuggling charges

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PHOENIX - Maricopa County Sheriff's deputies made a traffic stop on the I-17 that led the arrest of nine people.

Around 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, deputies stopped a white Chevy Tahoe for speeding on the I-17 near Sonoran Blvd. Deputies discovered 11 people inside the vehicle.

An investigation determined that the SUV was a human smuggling load and all the occupants were taken into custody.

Nine of those occupants were later booked into the 4th Avenue Jail on smuggling and co conspirator charges.

Two suspects were turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement from processing.