Five coyotes arrested and 11 victims rescued in IIMPACT operation. Victims report physical abuse including being pistol whipped by the coyotes.
Victims set fire to the attic of an outbuilding where they were being held in an attempt to get help
Saturday, January 2, 2010 -
IIMPACT investigators investigate and dismantle a drop house in west
On, Jan. 1, 2010, the victims set fire to the attic of the rear outbuilding where they were being held captive in order to summon help. However, the coyotes quickly moved them into the main residence before the Phoenix Fire Department arrived on scene. One of the victims was able to make phone contact with a friend and described to him where he was being held as he was familer with the area. The friend also recognized the area and was able to locate the actual house and then contacted the Phoenix Police Department.
On, Jan. 2, 2010, at about 5:06 p.m., the Phoenix Police Department (PPD) responded to the residence of
The names of the arrested suspects are as follows:
1) Lorena E. MURRIETA-Sanchez 39, of Mexico
2) Etelberto A. SILVA 29, of Mexico
3) Jose A. LIZARRAGA-Navarro 25, of Mexico
4) Alfredo S. CENTENO 22, of Mexico
5) Omar G. FRANCO 28, of Mexico
During a search of the residence numerous cell phones were seized. The smuggling ledgers, a Jennings 9mm handgun, and a .22 cal revolver were found underneath the stove pot/pans tray. The suspects were booked at the Maricopa County 4th avenue Jail on charges of kidnapping, extortion, and human smuggling. The undocumented immigrant victims were turned over to ICE Detention and Removal.
IIMPACT (Illegal Immigration Prevention & Apprehension Co-op Team) is a multi-agency project managed by GIITEM of the Arizona Department of Public Safety that is designed to “deter, disrupt and dismantle violent criminal organizations profiting from human smuggling.” In most IIMPACT cases, crimes of kidnapping, extortion, assault and human smuggling are prevalent. IIMPACT is comprised of investigators from the Phoenix Police Department, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS).