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IIMPACT Detectives conclude three-month investigation rescue 12 victims arrest of 3 suspects

Thursday, March 25, 2010 -

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On March 23, 2010, Detectives from the Illegal Immigration Prevention and Apprehension Co-op Team (IIMPACT) concluded a three-month investigation into a human smuggling criminal organization with the arrest of three suspects and the rescue of 12 victims from a Phoenix home.

IIMPACT Detectives began their investigation after developing and reviewing extensive intelligence information obtained from four other human smuggling investigations. A surveillance operation was conducted which eventually led detectives to an address of 7203 South 56th Drive, in Phoenix.

Detectives knocked on the door and one individual fled out of the rear of the house but was immediately apprehended by other detectives. An announcement was performed directed at all of the house occupants to walk out of the front door which resulted in 14 individuals complying and exiting the house as directed.

There were a total of 15 individuals located in the house at the time with three being identified as suspects in the criminal human smuggling operation and 12 identified as victims that were being held against their will. The 12 victims were identified as undocumented aliens from Mexico. At the time this news release was developed it was unknown where the group entered illegally into the United States, how long they were in the Phoenix area or at the South 56th Drive residence.

The three suspects, Enrique Velasquez, Alberto Cabera, and Carina Quintana, were booked into the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office Fourth Avenue Jail and initially charged with Human Smuggling, Forgery and Aggravated Deported Felon.

The 12 victims were turned over to Immigrations and Customs Enforcement for disposition.

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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).

The Arizona Department of Public Safety is a state-level law enforcement agency whose mission is to protect human life and property by enforcing state laws, deterring criminal activity and providing vital support to the State of Arizona and its citizens.