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John W. Slagle
August 12, 2007

Immigration trained state police arrest suspected illegal immigrants 7/31/07

On October 2, 2006 in a article, I-40 and I-70 SmugglingCorridors were widely used by organized human traffickers. I had mentioned that:

Beyond the immediate border, the farther north and inland a person drives, vigilant citizens can see many strange and suspicious activities on the road.

Along the I-44 corridor east from Albuquerque to Amarillo, Texas, I observed 37 suspected profile loads of human cargo driven by smugglers. As a former Anti-Smuggling Special Agent, criminal activity was very much in open view. The vehicles were all filled with people, dangerously overloaded in violation of State laws as well as Federal statutes 8 USC 1324. A large U-haul rental truck was leaking a urine trail from the tail gates, an obvious over spilled bodily waste bucket used by packed numbers of illegal aliens. Smuggler Pick-ups, campers, vans, and cars proceeded past a few State DPS Officers who did not respond nor attempt to stop any of the vehicles. This phenomenon was later explained by a State Trooper I met at a rest stop.

The officer stated that Immigration and Customs Enforcement rarely sends anyone on traffic stops involving Human trafficking at interior locations. If they have an Investigator available, it may take hours or several days for response time, meanwhile holding facilities are filled and require additional officers. ICE normally advises to cut them loose if none are identified as felons. This is the new and improved DHS that has changed little from the old INS that had very few criminal investigators per state.** NWV achives

Fatal Accidents involving illegal alien transport vehicles has remained a constant problem for Border law enforcement officials as well as public safety state troopers for decades. Serious injuries as well as death is the usual result of any overloaded vehicle. Loss of control by a “ sleeping smuggler at the wheel” on Interstate systems is always a recipe for disaster. In 2007, many State Police are now trained and certified by ICE to identify and hold illegal aliens. The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office in Arizona enforces the law, County, State and Federal regarding violations of 8 USC 1324 and 1325 with no apologies or excuses. I have worked large scale organized human trafficking organizations in Denver, Colorado with the Tucson Anti-Smuggling Unit in 1998.

Denver had an effective, yet very limited group of Special Agents devoted to felony smuggling investigations. They were responsible for the City as well as call outs statewide. The facts listed below involving a common incident on our nation’s smuggling corridors was reported by Kirk Mitchell Denver Post Staff.

Recently trained Colorado troopers arrested 48 suspected illegal immigrants in a sweep along Interstate 70 on Tuesday near the Eisenhower Tunnel, officials said.

"That's a good big number for us," said Jeff Copp, federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement district chief based in Denver.

It was the first roundup by Colorado State Patrol officers deputized by ICE to process suspected illegal immigrants.

In the joint operation between ICE and the State Patrol, three cars were stopped for traffic violations and a fourth was stranded beside the road, said state Master Trooper Ron Watkins.

All of the immigrants who were detained were from Mexico, ICE spokesman Carl Rusnok said. The cars had as many as 15 people inside.

State troopers began at 9 a.m. to look for possible illegal immigrants on I-70 between the Eisenhower Tunnel and Vail Pass.

Troopers could stop cars only for traffic violations, Watkins said. When they suspected that occupants of the cars might be illegal immigrants, they investigated further.

The Colorado State Patrol unit of about 25 troopers completed training at the beginning of July, Watkins said.

They were trained by federal agents to operate under the authority of ICE, Copp said. The training is part of a national program to fight illegal immigration. ** Denver Post

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Personal Opinion: This is good news, something that can and should be done nationwide to combat the massive smuggling of illegal aliens from every country. It’s not only a matter of national security but a matter of public safety for all on our interstate highways.

Cudos to the Colorado State Police. 48 illegal aliens and 4 transport vehicles is a good start.

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John W. Slagle is a U.S. Navy Aviation Veteran, Commercial Pilot, Multi-Engines rated and was a Firefighter, Engineer Lt. prior to United States Border Patrol service spanning 30 years. Duties included Agent/Medic, Special Tracking and Rescue Unit, Intelligence Officer, Sector Pilot to Criminal Investigator.

Slagle spent 12 years in undercover operations nationwide as a Special Agent, Anti-Smuggling Operations involving organized human trafficking, narcotics, certified Master Gun Smith and second degree Nidan black belt Goshin Iaido.














Beyond the immediate border, the farther north and inland a person drives, vigilant citizens can see many strange and suspicious activities on the road.