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2 taken into custody after others flee during traffic stop

By Keldy Ortiz
May 11, 2013 at 12:11 a.m.


Victoria police are looking for about 10 people who fled a routine Saturday morning traffic stop - all suspected to be in the United States illegally.

Out of a group of 12 who fled, police were able to take two people - a woman and a juvenile - into custody.

Victoria Police Sgt. Julian Huerta said the traffic stop occurred before noon near Old Goliad Road and U.S. Highway 59 North as the vehicle was going toward Houston.

Ten others fled the Chevrolet Tahoe and ran into nearby brush.

The woman and the juvenile female, thought to be 12, were taken into custody after a Victoria official contacted Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Huerta said he thought the immigrants were from Mexico.

The incident is the second in the past month Victoria police have encountered a group of immigrants thought to be in the U.S. illegally.

On April 26, six occupants of a stolen Chevrolet Malibu were detained for federal immigration officials after a traffic stop.

Five others who were inside the vehicle fled the scene.

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