PHOENIX (AP) — Border Patrol agents used high-tech sensors and infrared cameras to track down 176 illegal Mexican immigrants, then captured the group after pretending to be their drivers.
The Border Patrol arrested seven leaders they believe to be the smugglers. The remaining immigrants were driven back to the Mexico side.
They were nabbed Wednesday at an apartment complex in Douglas off Arizona 80, the usual route migrants take on their way north to Phoenix.
"It was a little intimidating for the guys at first," said Rowdy Adams, director of the patrol's Douglas station. "But in no time we had plenty of people to back them up, and it went fine."