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Illegal aliens scramble after traffic stop here
By JESSE W. COLEMAN Tuesday, July 12, 2005 12:21 PM CDT

Rosenberg police turned over 14 illegal immigrants to immigration authorities after they were taken into custody after a traffic stop on U.S. 59 Tuesday morning.

Carol Rees, public information officer of the Rosenberg Police Department, said patrolman Daniel Arriaga stopped a 1993 Chevrolet Suburban on U.S. 59 at FM 2218 for a traffic violation and discovered the vehicle packed with people suspected to be illegal immigrants.

"When Arriaga pulled the vehicle over, they all got out and started running," said Rees.

She said additional Rosenberg police officers, along with Fort Bend County Sheriff's deputies and Texas Department of Public Safety troopers, spent Tuesday morning rounding up the people who allegedly fled the vehicle.

Rees said those people were detained by police and later turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents who came from Houston.

Rees said police were still searching in a wooded area along the highway for other illegal immigrants at press time Tuesday.