The DeKalb County Criminal Interdiction team conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle near the 218-mile marker of I-59 at approximately 10:30 a.m. Wednesday morning. After searching the vehicle, ten illegal aliens were located in a vehicle.
After an initial investigation, it was determined to be a human smuggling operation. The individuals were from El Salvador, Ecuador, and Guatemala. The Department of Homeland Security was called to the scene and the suspects were taken into Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody.
“This is another great job by our Interdiction Team,” DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden said. “Even though we are far from the Southern Border, we can still play a role in enforcing our nation’s laws right here in DeKalb County.”
This investigation is ongoing and federal charges are pending.
“While it may seem that they were trying to start a new life in our country, these people are exploited and taken advantage of,” Welden said. “Some have to pay thousands of dollars to be smuggled in and are made to work for inhumane wages. Again, I’d like to thank our interdiction team for another job well done. God bless.”