Human smugglers arrested in Pinal County

truckOn Thursday, November 14th, 2013 at 5:51 a.m. a Pinal County Sheriff’s Office deputy attempted to stop a Ford F-150 truck westbound on Interstate-10 near the city of Eloy after he observed the driver commit several traffic violations.

When the deputy activated his emergency lights, the vehicle accelerated to over 92 mph. The vehicle then slowed and drove on the dirt shoulder near the right away fence. The vehicle then drove northbound smashing through the fence and into the open desert field. After driving for approximately 250 yards, the vehicle stopped, and 12 Hispanic males ran into the desert. As the deputy approached the vehicle, he observed three more Hispanic males hiding underneath a tarp in the bed of the truck. The three men admitted they were in the United States illegally.

The three men were turned over to members of the U.S. Border Patrol, who responded to a call to assist.

The 12 individuals who fled into the desert were never located. The truck was seized and towed to the Pinal County Sheriff’s impound yard.