PHOENIX - Seven illegal immigrants were arrested by Maricopa County Sheriff's Office Human Smuggling detectives Wednesday night in the North Valley.
Sheriff Joe Arpaio said five individuals fled from a Dodge Caravan and were quickly apprehended, while the remaining two were located at a residence asking for water.
Members of the group admitted to paying between $500 and $3,000 to be brought into the United States from Mexico and Guatemala. Their destinations were New York, New Mexico, and Ohio.
"This is a serious offense that shows the dangers people face by subjecting themselves to the elements," said Sheriff Arpaio. "As long as people keep taking the risks, we will continue to enforce all the illegal immigration laws."
All seven suspects were booked into the 4th Avenue Jail on Human Smuggling charges, class 4 felony charges.
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