What police say began as a traffic stop eastbound on Interstate 40 on the west side of El Reno has resulted in the arrests of 13 people, according to officers.
All of the immigrants fleeing are from Mexico.
Police said the SUV was following a tractor-trailer too closely, with less than a car length between them, resulting in the stop. When the driver handed an officer a driver's license issued in Mexico, the officer asked the driver to step out of the car.
Canadian County Sheriff Randall Edwards said 13 illegal immigrants, along with the driver, jumped out of the vehicle and fled. After a search that lasted much of Tuesday afternoon and included Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers, sheriff's deputies, the state Agriculture Department, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents and K-9 units, 13 people were taken into custody.
One person is not is custody. Three of those arrested were taken into custody after information was given to police by a property owner who spotted the suspects.
"I couldn't fathom that they had gotten that many people in that car," said Cody Palmer with the Canadian County Sheriff's Department.
Three of those arrested are women. The driver of the car was also an illegal immigrant and police say he will face 13 counts of human trafficking.
All the other suspects were handed over to Homeland Security officials and are expected to be deported, according to police
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