TUCSON, Ariz. – Border Patrol agents from the Willcox Station stopped a Saturn SUV traveling north on State Route 90 near Benson late Wednesday afternoon to conduct an immigration inspection. As the agents exited their service vehicle, the Saturn sped away, crossed the median and headed south at a high rate of speed.
Agents followed the suspect vehicle until it turned east onto an undesignated road and soon stopped after colliding with thick brush. Agents arrived in time to see seven individuals fleeing on foot near a residential neighborhood north of the SR 82 and SR 90 intersection, south of Benson, Arizona.
Agents apprehended the suspects, identified as six adult Mexican nationals and a 30-year-old male U.S. citizen from Sierra Vista.
Agents are processing the Mexican nationals for immigration violations. The Sierra Vista man is in federal custody pending prosecution for smuggling charges.
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 the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.