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ETX deputies discover 11 illegals in traffic stop

NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Deputies in Nacogdoches County discovered 11 illegal immigrants traveling from as far south as Central America in a routine traffic stop Thursday afternoon.

Sheriff Thomas Kerss said the deputies made the stop on a minivan on U.S. 59 South, just outside the Nacogdoches city limits. Ten men and one woman were in the van, and all were illegal immigrants.

"We talked to the woman and she told us she had come from Honduras through Mexico and into the U.S. with a larger group," Kerss said. "She said their destination was Texarkana and ultimately New York."

Kerss alerted I.C.E. officials, who have arrived at the sheriff's office to handle the investigation.

Kerss said all 11 were packed in the minivan.

"In fact, that was one reason for the stop," Kerss said. "The deputies saw they were exceeding capacity and they weren't all wearing seatbelts."

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