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Illegal aliens detained in Norfolk

Boston Globe, July 24, 2000

NORFOLK, Conn. - Five illegal aliens discovered during a state police traffic stop here Saturday have been released while immigration officials investigate.

The Immigration and Naturalization Service approved the releases and told state police to submit the individuals' names to the agency for a review.

Troopers said they stopped a vehicle for erratic driving on Route 44 and found the aliens. The driver, Martinez Gomez Blas, 42, Meriden, was issued a summons on motor vehicle charges and must appear in Bantam Superior Court on Aug. 7.

Police did not identify the five people or their nationalities.

The traffic stop came six days after state police found nine illegal aliens from Mexico during a stop in North Canaan.

Police said the Mexican nationals, who were on their way to a job site in Salisbury, are being detained and face deportation hearings.

The nine people had begun their day in Meriden, police said.