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April 6, 2004 — A Haitian woman was detained on St. John by police Monday evening for allegedly entering the territory illegally, police spokesman Sgt. Thomas Hannah said Tuesday.
The woman, whose age was not released by police, was found in the Upper Carolina area of St. John around 9 p.m. Monday, Hannah said.
Police believe the Haitian woman was part of a group including 14 undocumented immigrants — eight Chinese men and women, two men from the Dominican Republic and four Haitian men and women — detained by police on the island Sunday, all of whom have been turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers.
Police think the group arrived by boat, though no vessel has been found. Police also do not know how long the illegal immigrants had been in the territory.
According to Immigration officials, St. John is a popular drop point for smugglers to leave undocumented immigrants, who typically arrive by boat from St. Martin.
Hannah said more than 100 illegal immigrants have been found in the territory this year.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman Ivan Ortiz said, like any undocumented immigrant found in a U.S. territory, the Haitian woman will be charged with illegal entry and presented to the U.S. Attorney, who will choose to prosecute or simply repatriate.

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