Illegal Immigrants Caught Near McAlester

3-17-06 - Police arrested 17 illegal immigrants riding in a pickup truck along US Highway 69 near McAlester. The arrest on Wednesday made the second such stop in three weeks.

Authorities say the Hispanic immigrants were hidden under blankets in the pickup bed and crammed into the cab. Police spokesman Darrell Miller says the immigrants were headed to Tennessee. He says the truck was pulled over after an officer noticed one of the truck's brake lights was out and its extensive tinted windows.

Miller says the driver of the truck was from Wisconsin and was cited for not having a valid driver's license. The US Investigation and Criminal Enforcement took the driver and the immigrants into custody.