Check your High School football scores here!

Sheriff: Immigrants arrested in ‘human smuggling operation’ in DeKalb County

DeKalb County Human Trafficking Operation (Image: DeKalb County Sheriff's Office)

DEKALB COUNTY, Ala. – The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office says a traffic stop on Interstate 59 led to arrests involving human trafficking.

Investigators say a deputy patrolling I-59 stopped a vehicle around 11:00 Tuesday night. That vehicle, that had a Texas license plate, reportedly had nine people inside.

DeKalb County Human Trafficking Operation (Image: DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office)

Sheriff Nick Welden reports that further investigation determined the people inside were in the United States Illegally as part of a human smuggling operation from the southern border.

Homeland Security Investigators were called, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainers were placed on all nine. Federal charges are pending. 

This is a great bust on I-59. Due to the highways and interstates intersecting our county, it’s highly likely that human trafficking as well as illegal narcotics regularly move through,” said Welden in a statement. “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.”

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.