16 people found hiding in bushes, van on San Diego freeway

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More than a dozen suspected illegal immigrants -- some in wet clothing caked with sand -- were detained along Interstate 5 in Carmel Valley early Monday, police in San Diego said.

An officer spotted a van stopped on the side of the southbound freeway near Carmel Valley Road about 4:30 a.m., according to police.


The vehicle was full of people who had wet and sandy shoes and pants, as if they had recently been in the ocean, police said.

The officer determined that some of people in the van didn’t have documents showing that they were legally in the United States. Several other suspected illegal immigrants were found near the van hiding in bushes, police said.

In all, 16 people were taken into custody. The detainees were handed over to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. No other details were immediately released.


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-- Fox5 San Diego