Monday, February 13, 2017

UPDATE: Illegal aliens who fled Saturday traffic stop now also in custody (Banner Graphic)

UPDATE: Illegal aliens who fled Saturday traffic stop now also in custody
Saturday, February 11, 2017

CLOVERDALE -- Eight illegal aliens are now in custody following a Saturday-morning traffic stop by an Indiana State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement trooper.

Six individuals were taken into custody at the time of the stop, while two others fled the scene and remained at large until they were arrested by Indiana State Police Sunday afternoon.

Indiana State Police reported that at 10 a.m. they received a tip that the two males could possibly be found at a local restaurant on Main Street in Cloverdale.

Troopers went to the establishment, located the males and took them into custody without incident.

At 8:56 a.m. Saturday, the trooper stopped a blue Toyota Sequoia with Texas registration for an unsafe lane movement violation near the 43-mile marker on eastbound Interstate 70, two miles east of Cloverdale.

During subsequent conversation with the driver, the trooper noticed indicators of possible criminal activity, Indiana State Police at Putnamville reported.

Further investigation revealed the eight passengers were illegal aliens with no identification, including a 15-year-old girl and a 17-year-old boy -- both reportedly without parents.

All the individuals involved are believed to be from the countries of Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico.

The driver was believed to be en route from Houston, Texas, to Baltimore, Md., authorities said.

Six of the illegals were detained without incident, but two fled south from the I-70 traffic stop scene on foot into a field near the County Road 475 East overpass.

The investigation was conducted by the federal agency, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the first six individuals detained are in federal custody in Indianapolis.

ISP made no arrests on the initial incident, but the two men captured Sunday were arrested and booked in the Putnam County Jail. They will remain until agents from the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency pick them up on Tuesday.

No criminal charges will be filed.

Assisting were the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency, the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department and the Cloverdale Police Department.

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