MARICOPA COUNTY, Ariz. -- The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office has arrested nine people who had allegedly entered the country illegally.
According to the MCSO, the group was being smuggled in a van through the northern part of Maricopa County on Friday night.
An investigation by the MCSO’s Human Smuggling Unit revealed that all nine people were Mexican nationals who had paid $500 to be smuggled into the United States.
The group had reportedly entered the country near Altar and was heading to Florida.
Two members of the group were booked into the 4th Avenue Jail on state human smuggling charges. The other seven individuals, including a 17-year-old boy, were turned over to ICE officials.