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Arpaio's office arrests 31 suspected illegal immigrants at Tempe business

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Posted: Thursday, March 15, 2012 3:43 pm | Updated: 5:05 pm, Thu Mar 15, 2012.

A Tempe business is facing possible sanctions under Arizona’s Employee Sanctions Act involving the hiring of illegal immigrants after Maricopa County Sheriff’s deputies executed a search warrant at 21st Century Healthcare and arrested 31 people on Thursday.

Acting on a tip that the company was hiring illegal immigrants, deputies investigated the business and arrested 31 suspects believed to be using stolen identities to gain work at the business in the 2100 block of South Wilson Street, according to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.

Headquartered in Tempe, 21st Century Healthcare, Inc., is one of the largest international manufacturers of dietary supplements in the United States, according to the company’s website.

The company has offices in seven locations around the world, and currently sells nutritional products for both humans and pets in more than 50 different countries, according to its website.

The MCSO investigation is ongoing and marks its 58th investigation into employers violating the Employer Sanctions Act in Arizona, according to the MCSO.

In an issued statement, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio said, “Illegal aliens are stealing identities of U.S. citizens to gain employment which escalates our unemployment problems. I don’t believe we should tolerate this. Furthermore, I will continue to enforce all federal and state illegal laws in the business sector through human smuggling and crime suppression operations, despite activists, some elected officials and the federal government who have concerns regarding our operations.”

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