KINGMAN - A suspicious vehicle stopped for traveling under the speed limit outside of Golden Valley Thursday morning was found to contain 10 illegal immigrants apparently on their way to California to work.
The white SUV was stopped by a deputy with the Mohave County Sheriff's Office on Highway 68 at milepost 15 around 1:40 a.m. Sheriff's Spokeswoman Trish Carter said the deputy noticed the SUV being followed closely by a blue SUV and that both vehicles were traveling 10 to 15 miles below the speed limit.
The deputy stopped the white SUV to question the driver. The illegal immigrants, including three juveniles ages 12, 13 and 15, were reportedly found laying down and hiding under blankets in the back.
The driver of the SUV was identified as 32-year-old Phoenix resident Juan Carlos Rodriguez Aviles.
He is said to have told the deputy that everyone was on their way to California for employment.
Aviles was arrested on charges of felony unlawful transportation of unlawful aliens. The seven adult illegal immigrants were transported to the Mohave County Jail, where Border Patrol later took them into custody. Border Patrol also took custody of the three juveniles who had been transported to the Sheriff's Office.
The blue SUV has not been located, and it's not clear if it was associated with the vehicle containing the illegal immigrants.