Police Find 7 Illegal Immigrants In Van

POSTED: 11:53 am MST March 13, 2009
UPDATED: 12:04 pm MST March 13, 2009

PHOENIX -- One man is in custody after police say he tried to smuggle seven illegal immigrants to California, authorities said.

Surprise police officers stopped the van driven by Fernando Diaz, 40, Thursday evening on suspicion of a traffic violation, according a news release from the Surprise Police Department.

After walking up to the van, officers noticed that some of the passengers were in their seats, while others were lying on the floor, police said. Diaz admitted to officers that he was smuggling the seven people for pay.

Diaz was arrested on suspicion of smuggling human beings, police said.

Immigrations and Customs Enforcement officials took custody of the seven other adults.