MCSO: 7 apprehended during human smuggling investigation

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

MARICOPA COUNTY, Ariz. -- The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office Human Smuggling Unit apprehended seven people Friday who had allegedly entered the country illegally.

MCSO said three of the individuals were booked into jail on human smuggling charges, while the other four were turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

One of the people apprehended was a 17-year-old minor who was not related to the other adults.

According to MCSO, the suspects said they were from Mexico, Ecuador and Guatemala, while the 17-year-old said he was from Honduras.

The suspects also revealed that they had paid as much as $13,000 to be taken to Georgia, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts.