MARICOPA COUNTY, AZ - Sheriff Joe Arpaio reports that his deputies have arrested another 23 illegal aliens in the act of being smuggled through Maricopa County. The arrest brings the week’s total to 35 illegal aliens arrested while engaging in human smuggling.
The arrests were the result of two traffic stops in the north valley involving two separate vehicles. One vehicle contained 13 occupants and the other 12. During one of
the traffic stops, two suspects fled on foot into the desert.
Sheriff Arpaio says, “Even though the media hype surrounding SB 1070 has worn off for now, illegal aliens continue to sneak into the United States through Maricopa
County and my deputies continue to pursue them as they have for the past three years.”
The Sheriff will soon implement his plan to commission a volunteer armed posse force outfitted with appropriate hardware and gear to assist in the enforcement of
illegal immigration and human smuggling laws.
Sheriff Arpaio has vowed to continue his enforcement of state and federal immigration laws despite recent political and media attention surrounding the issue.
During the course of their duties, Maricopa County Sheriff’s officers have been responsible for investigating, arresting and/or identifying over 40,000 illegal aliens.