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Border agents find unusually large group of illegal immigrants

Border agents find unusually large group of illegal immigrants

CREATED Jun 30, 2011

Web Producer: Layla Tang

LUKEVILLE, Ariz. (AP) - Border agents found an unusually large group of illegal immigrants in the western Arizona desert just north of the Mexican border.

Border Patrol Agent Eric Cantu said Wednesday that surveillance operators spotted a group of more than 100 people walking north about 15 miles west of Lukeville, Ariz. around 10 a.m. Friday.  When agents responded to the area, they were able to arrest 22 people but the rest of the group scattered.  Cantu says soon after that, a helicopter team found much of the group hiding in thick brush. Agents on the ground arrested 106 more illegal immigrants that were in the group.

The smugglers and other suspected illegal immigrants may have gotten away.  The 128 immigrants apprehended have either been returned to Mexico or are jailed because of prior convictions.

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