Tuesday night at approximately 11 PM Central time, a DeKalb County Sheriff’s Deputy along with a K-9 unit stopped a vehicle from Texas on I-59 in neighboring DeKalb County, Alabama. The stop resulted in federal immigration officials being called. DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Weldon says those detained were part of a “human smuggling operation.”
According to Sheriff Weldon, nine occupants were inside the vehicle and it was determined that the occupants were in the United States illegally. Department of Homeland Security Investigators were called, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainers were placed on the subjects.
Sheriff Weldon said that it is likely that human traffickers use I-59 going through Dade County, Georgia and DeKalb County, Alabama on a frequent basis. Weldon added, “We have an opportunity to do our part as a department and help curb this illegal activity. Pro-active law enforcement can not only build a better county, but also help clean up our country,” he said. “I’d like to commend these deputies on their dedication to this.”
Federal charges are pending against the nine people detained in DeKalb County on Tuesday night.