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1:30 p.m. press conference being held regarding IIMPACT's "Operation Take it to the Bank", at 2222 W. Encanto Blvd. Suite #100.

IIMPACT Detectives make arrests in large scale Guatemalan-based human smuggling ring

Wednesday, November 10, 2010 -

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On Wednesday, November 10, 2010, IIMPACT Investigators from the Arizona Department of Public Safety, Phoenix Police and ICE with assistance from Goodyear Police served arrest warrants at four west valley locations. IIMPACT developed information that suspects connected with a large Guatemalan-based human smuggling ring were operating in Phoenix area.

A total of 13 persons have been detained at this time. They include 10 adults and three juveniles so far. In addition, approximately 50 vehicles and 20 large shipping containers have been seized.

*KNXV-Channel 15 was the pool camera the two locations in Phoenix and one in Glendale. All stations requesting on scene arrest video should contact KNXV*

*A 1:30 p.m. press conference will be held at 2222. W. Encanto Blvd. Suite #100 in Phoenix. Featured speakers include DPS Captain Fred Zumbo, commander of IIMPACT, Rick Romley, Maricopa County Attorney, and Matt Allen, ICE Special Agent in Charge. Officials from the Phoenix and Goodyear Police Departments will also be available for interviews.

The four locations are as follows:

  1. 6740 W. Peck, Glendale, Ariz.
  2. 7509 W. Montecito, Phoenix, Ariz.
  3. 1822 N. 74th Lane, Phoenix, Ariz.
  4. 18211 W. McDowell Road, Goodyear, Ariz.


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.