Immigrant smugglers used fake prisoner van

Van "cloned" to look like either a tour van or a security van, authorities say


By Mike M. Ahlers
CNN.com

At first glance, the van carrying 10 people looked like it was owned by a San Diego tour company. But a California deputy took a second glance last week and discovered something quite different.

The van was a "cloned" vehicle -- one that could be quickly converted to look like either a tour van or a security van commonly used to transport illegal immigrants apprehended in the area, authorities say.

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