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A Gila County sheriff’s deputy, right front, searches a suspected illegal immigrant in the Chase Bank parking lot, as another officer takes down his name and other information.

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Suspected illegals detained after Payson traffic stop

A routine traffic stop in Payson led to the detention of 15 people deputies suspected were illegal immigrants. Gila County Deputy Leonard Kerszykowski made a traffic stop in Payson at about 4:40 p.m. on Wednesday, according to police reports. The deputy noted about 15 people in the vehicle and asked for identification. Several people in the vehicle admitted that they didn’t have any documents, said Lt. Tim Scott. Kerszykowski then called for backup and the arriving officers took the suspected undocumented people to the Payson substation.


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