YUMA, Ariz. – Yuma Sector Border Patrol Agents assigned to the Blythe Station arrested two U.S. citizens after they attempted to smuggle three illegal aliens through the Highway 78 immigration checkpoint Thursday night.
Agents referred a Mazda hatchback to the checkpoint’s secondary inspection area after a canine alerted to the vehicle at approximately 5 p.m. In secondary, agents instructed the vehicle occupants to exit the vehicle and discovered two illegal aliens sitting in the back seat and one hiding in the rear cargo area.
Agents arrested the driver and front passenger for alien smuggling and seized the vehicle. The three Mexican Nationals were arrested for illegal entry and returned to Mexico.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.