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IIMPACT arrests eight suspected human smugglers and seizes weapons along with military-grade body armor

Friday, October 29, 2010 -

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Investigators assigned to the Illegal Immigration Apprehension Co-op Team (IIMPACT) have served a search warrant at a mobile home in the area of West Van Buren, in south Phoenix , where eight male suspected illegal immigrants were living. Several semi-automatic handguns and assault rifles have been located at the residence with ammunition, along with ballistic vests with ceramic plates (designed to stop assault rifle fire), as well as police type equipment.

The investigation originated with a traffic stop initiated by Phoenix Police; further investigation led them to the mobile home. IIMPACT was called and assumed control of the investigation.

Photos of some of the evidence seized is available at the link below:

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).



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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.