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MCSO arrests 20 illegal immigrants; 3 are minors

MCSO arrests 20 illegal immigrants; 3 are minors

CREATED Jul 19, 2012

Web Producer: Taylor Avey

PHOENIX (AP) - Maricopa County authorities say they're arrested 20 illegal immigrants from a Mesa drop house and a vehicle and three of them are minors.

County sheriff's officials say deputies stopped a vehicle Wednesday night that had 14 illegal immigrants inside including two boys ages 7 and 13.

Detectives say the boys were being smuggled into the country to be reunited with their mothers in Florida and New York.

The adult immigrants told deputies they each paid between $300 and $4,500 to be taken to New Mexico, North Carolina, Michigan, Alabama, Florida or Kentucky.

That led sheriff's detectives to a Mesa drop house where six more illegal immigrants were found including a 15-year-old boy.

Authorities say all but one of the immigrants are from Mexico. The other claims to be from Guatemala.

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