Eighteen suspected illegal aliens, all piled in the bed of a pickup truck with a camper shell, were arrested Wednesday night, the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office said in a release.
The suspect vehicle was spotted traveling at a high rate of speed on State Route 87 by deputies, who pulled the vehicle over. When they did, eight men fled on foot. Three were captured.
Fifteen more suspected illegals were found in the truck bed. All 18 suspects admitted to paying a smuggler between $1,000 and $8,000 to be taken into the United States. Some of the men were Mexican nationals, others were Guatemala nationals.
One suspect, a 15-year-old boy, was turned over to Immigrations and Customs Enforcement. The other 17 suspects were booked into the Fourth Avenue Jail.