A sheriff’s deputy arrested five illegal immigrants during a routine traffic stop Friday afternoon after he noticed something “a little funky.”
Gila County Sheriff’s Deputy Thor Nudson was driving home from a boat safety class at Roosevelt Lake when he stopped a primer gray vehicle around 7 p.m. at the intersection of Highways 188 and 87.
“Something looked a little funky,” said Gila County Sheriff’s Lt. Tim Scott, although Scott did not know the specific reason for the traffic stop.
When Nudson asked the five people inside where they were heading they said New Mexico.
When Nudson asked for identification, he was given what appeared to be forged licenses from Mexico and false names.
Nudson called Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) officials and they asked to speak with the vehicle’s occupants.
After speaking with them, ICE told Nudson to detain all five at Gila County’s holding facility in Payson until an ICE agent arrived.
Carmelo Gomez-Cruz, 37, was arrested on the charge of providing false information to law enforcement.
Angelica Garcia-Guerrero, 37, and Carolina Gonzalez Cortes, 26, were arrested on the charge of failure to comply with a police officer’s orders.
Leovigildo Villegas Guzman, 30, and Jesus Morales Hernandez, 36, were arrested on the charge of possession of a forged document.
ICE picked up the group after their arrest.