Phoenix Travel Inn raided; 17 illegal immigrants arrested

by Kristena Hansen - Mar. 19, 2011 06:08 PM
The Arizona Republic

Authorities raided a Travel Inn in Phoenix late Saturday morning and arrested 17 illegal immigrants , including an 11-year-old girl , found inside, Phoenix police said.

The group, which also included 14 men and two women , were taken into custody by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement , said Sgt. Steve Martos, Phoenix police spokesman .

He said each admitted to being smuggled into the country after they were discovered just before 11 a.m. at the lodging place near 27th Avenue and Indian School Road.

"It took a good number of patrol resources to locate, detain, and investigate this border-related incident," Martos said.

Further information from Phoenix police and ICE was not immediately available.

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