Tuesday, April 8, 2008

14 suspected undocumented aliens held here (The Vicksburg Post)

14 suspected undocumented aliens held here
CRIME & ACCIDENT * From Staff Reports

Fourteen people in a van stopped on Interstate 20 East in Vicksburg this morning were being held by police for Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials.
The bust occurred at about 6 a.m. following a traffic stop by Patrolman Bo McLeod near the Indiana Avenue exit, where the van was traveling at speeds in excess of 80 mph, Lt. Bobby Stewart said.
Emile Fernandez, 51, a Houston man driving the white 2005 Chevrolet passenger van, told police he was driving for a Houston-based transport company called Motorcoach Enterprises.
"It's a bogus company," Stewart said, adding Fernandez and another man, Jesse Fernandez, 43, said they were headed as far north as New York with some of the others in the van.
"They're all illegals. What they do is take them to Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina," Stewart said. Items such as deodorant and toothbrushes were found inside duffel bags most were carrying.
It was unclear whether the two men who provided identification to police are related. Police did not issue a citation for speeding, Stewart said.

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