Vail Valley: 13 suspected illegal immigrants in custody
VAIL VALLEY, Colorado – Thirteen illegal immigrants were discovered inside a van after it was pulled over on Interstate 70 in Colorado’s Vail Valley on Saturday afternoon, the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office says. The van was pulled over near Wolcott because the driver failed to move over to the left lane as another deputy was removing a boulder from the roadway, the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office says. The driver of the van, Alejandro Espinoza-Rodriguez, 24, of Mexico, was arrested and charged with felony human smuggling, not having insurance, driving without a valid operators license and failure to yield right of way to emergency vehicle. Espinoza-Rodriguez planned on delivering the nine males, three women, and one child to various locations on his way to Alabama, the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office says. None of the 13 passengers could provide deputies with proper identification. Espinoza-Rodriguez is currently being held at the Eagle County Detention Facility with a $50,000 bond and also is being held by Immigration Customs Enforcement. The 13 passengers are in custody of Immigration Customs Enforcement pending deportation to Mexico, Guatemala and El Salvador. Some of them have been previously deported, the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office says.