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Possible illegal immigrants detained in Pa.

March 29, 2011

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania State Police said 18 people of apparent Asian descent were taken into custody Tuesday for possibly being illegal immigrants after police stopped a bus traveling 80 mph on Interstate 81.

The incident, which started at 6:50 a.m., involved a Fusia Vanhool bus that was traveling on I-81 at the nine-mile marker, state police said.

Before the bus was stopped, troopers checked the registration through the Pennsylvania Bureau of Motor Vehicles, and it was determined the registration was suspended due to an apparent insurance cancellation, police said.

The driver was directed off the interstate to a Denny’s parking lot on Pa. 316, police said.

When troopers contacted the driver, they determined that he did not have a commercial driver’s license to operate the bus, state police said in a news release.

The bus was taken out of service due to motor-carrier safety violations that troopers found, the release said.

About 57 passengers of apparent Asian descent were found on the bus, police said.

An investigation revealed that some of the people were possibly illegal immigrants, and federal Immigration and Customs Agents were called to the scene, police said.

Police said 18 people were taken into custody by immigration officials for apparently having illegal status, police said.

Troopers made sure the bus passengers who were not detained by immigration officials had arrangements to reach their destinations, police said.

U.S. immigration officials brought their own bus and transported the 18 passengers who were detained, police said.

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