Ariz. raid nets 62 suspected smugglers, 528 illegal immigrants
The Associated Press
PHOENIX- A two-month investigation has resulted in the arrests of 62 suspected human smugglers and 528 illegal immigrants, authorities said Wednesday.
The operation focused on multiple "coyote groups" of varying sizes, including some "mom and pop" organizations that dabble in both illegal drugs and immigrant smuggling, said Glen Gardner, commander of the drug enforcement bureau for Phoenix police, who supervised part of the financial investigation.
In August, a state law went into effect making human and drug smuggling a felony in Arizona, the busiest illegal entry point along the U.S.-Mexico border. Smuggling already was a federal felony.
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