Nine Suspected ‘Illegal’ Immigrants Found in Joppa Traffic Stop, State Police Say


5:12 PM EDT, October 25, 2011

Nine people suspected of being in the United States illegally were detained at the Maryland State Police JFK Highway Barrack in Cecil County late last week, according to state police.

The nine were in a Chevrolet van with Arizona tags that a state police trooper stopped along northbound I-95 in Joppa Thursday for speeding, according to Maryland State Police Public Information Officer Greg Shipley.

The driver did not have a license, Shipley said, and when the trooper investigated further, he discovered that none of the other occupants had any type of identification.

The group was brought into the JFK Highway Barrack for further investigation and the United States Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement was contacted.

“Ultimately, they [ICE] took charge of the case,” Shipley said, adding that it appeared that the individuals were in the country illegally.

The people who were detained are Eddie Gerrero-Morales, Jose Garcia-Gomez, Rafael Polito-Perez, Moises Hernandez-Delcid, Cecilio Cortez-Hernandez, Carlos Chico, Julio Garcia-Taba, Emeterio Shilon-Perez and Juan Carlos Merida-Gomez.

An ICE media representative said he would try to contact the case officers for more information but had not responded back by 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.

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