3 alleged human smugglers arrested in Phoenix

3 alleged human smugglers arrested in Phoenix

CREATED Mar 11, 2012

Web Producer: Marissa Pasquet

PHOENIX, Ariz. (AP) - Authorities say three men suspected of being human smugglers have been arrested.

Arizona Department of Public Safety detectives with the assistance of the DPS Tactical Unit and Highway Patrol executed a search warrant at a Phoenix drop house.

They say 11 suspected illegal immigrants were taken into custody but an investigation showed three of them were smugglers.

The other eight people were processed for deportation by U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement.

During the search of the drop house, DPS officials say handguns and 15 pounds of marijuana were seized.

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