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15 illegal immigrants found in minivan on I-81

October 24, 2008

Fifteen illegal immigrants traveling from Texas to New York were found in a van on Interstate 81 near Hagerstown on Thursday, according to Maryland State Police.

At 5:52 p.m. Thursday, a trooper from the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division stopped a Ford minivan on northbound I-81 south of the U.S. 40 interchange for a traffic violation, police said in a news release.

After talking to the driver, police discovered the van was loaded with illegal immigrants, police said.

The U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service was contacted. INS agents came to the Hagerstown state police barrack and took custody of all 15 of the immigrants for deportation, the release said.

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