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SURPRISE, AZ -- Maricopa County Sheriff's officials say 66 people were arrested over the weekend in a West Valley crime sweep that started Friday at noon.

Thirty of those arrested were suspected of being in the country illegally, according to officials.

Nine people were arrested Saturday morning when deputies served a search warrant on a Peoria car wash.

Maricopa County Sheriff's spokesman Aaron Douglas said the warrant was served on On Your Way Car Wash and Quick Lube near 91st and Northern avenues in Peoria around 8:15 a.m. Saturday.

Douglas said Peoria police were not involved in the raid and it was part of Arpaio's weekend crime sweep.

The manager of the car wash was arrested after he admitted to deputies he drove to work on a suspended driver's license, according to Douglas.

Douglas said of the nine people at the car wash who were arrested, seven were picked up for illegal immigration status and two were arrested for identification theft.

The search warrant was served in conjunction with this weekend's crime suppression operation in the northwest Valley, according to MCSO Lt. Brian Lee.

This is the 12th sweep conducted by the sheriff.

According to Sheriff's Office spokesman Brian Lee, Arpaio has vowed to continue his enforcement of all aspects of immigration laws and says that the federal government’s move to strip deputies of their ICE agent status will not change anything.

Citing a 1996 federal law, Arpaio said officials are allowed to detain someone briefly if that person is in the country illegally. 

Lydia Guzman said Spanish media broadcast where the sweep would be held so Latino drivers could stay away from the area.  Guzman said she believes the sheriff is racially profiling during the sweeps. 

MCSO says it still believes it has the authority under federal law to detain undocumented immigrants during the course of their duties.

Arpaio said sheriff's deputies will use special teams to videotape deputies’ contact with the public to preserve an account of any incident and to assist deputies during law enforcement operations.

The sheriff said in a Friday news release that he understands and respects citizen’s first amendment rights.

However, he said he also understands those rights need to be balanced by the possibility of danger to his deputies when they are distracted by protestors approaching while they are trying to focus on their duties.

The sheriff also spoke out against his opponents who video tape his deputies during the traffic stops saying they create safety concerns for his deputies.

"I, too, will now have people videotaping our deputies," he said. "We won't edit the tape the way they do."

Dennis Gilman of Cop Watch is one of many people documenting the stops.

"We prevent more abuse than we witness," said Gilman. "If he has nothing to hide then he should have no problem with us filming."




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