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September 13, 2002
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Border Patrol Busts Smuggling Ring

The Associated Press

TUCSON, Ariz (AP) - Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents arrested nine people involved with a smuggling ring for illegal immigrants ring in Tucson on Sept. 6.

Border Patrol agents received a tip about the smugglers from a man in Idaho, officials said. An address search yielded the location of the smugglers at a house where agents said they found 42 illegal immigrants.

The alleged leader of the organization is a legal permanent resident and the other eight suspects were identified as illegal entrants. The nine men now face immigrant smuggling charges.

"This typifies the callousness of the smuggler towards his human cargo," said Tucson Sector Border Patrol Chief David Aguilar. "Thanks to the assistance of the Tucson Police Department, we were able to dismantle another human smuggling organization."

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