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16 illegal immigrants found in Gillette

September 14, 2000

GILLETTE, Wyoming (AP) -- Sixteen illegal immigrants from Mexico were jailed by federal agents and sent on back home.

Three of the immigrants, all men, had just arrived in Gillette, but the rest had been living and working in Campbell County, said Jim Clardy of the Immigration and Naturalization Service office in Billings, Mont.

Six were working at a local restaurant, he said.

The men were arrested over the weekend. Border Patrol agents picked them up Monday to take them to Denver, where they were to be deported to Mexico.

On Aug. 17, a van was stopped on Interstate 90 near Gillette because of a drunken driving complaint.

Although the driver was not drunk, officers found 17 illegal immigrants inside, Clardy said.