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Posted: Tuesday, July 25, 2006 10:50 am | Updated: 4:49 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Twelve illegal immigrants were arrested Monday in Mesa as Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio continued his efforts to arrest illegal border crossers under the state’s antismuggling law.

Deputies stopped a vehicle at Stapley Drive and U.S. 60 after noticing the brake lights were out. Arpaio said that’s when deputies found the illegal immigrants inside.

Arpaio argues the yearold anti-smuggling law allows authorities to charge border crossers with conspiring to smuggle themselves, even though a recent county Superior Court ruling dismissed the case against two immigrants.

“That doesn’t set precedent,” Arpaio said.

Deputies have arrested 258 immigrants under the law this year.

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