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Agents Intercept Smuggling Attempt on Colorado River

Release Date: 
April 28, 2021

YUMA, Ariz. – Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents intercepted a smuggling attempt on the Colorado River Monday morning.

At approximately 9 a.m., agents conducted a consensual encounter of a suspicious boat at the Martinez Lake Marina and discovered nine migrants inside. The migrants appeared to be using the Colorado River to bypass immigration checkpoints.

Agents seized nine migrants at the Martinez Lake Marina
Agents arrested nine migrants  inside of a boat
parked at  the Martinez Lake Marina

Divers with the Border, Search, Trauma and Rescue team conducted a search of the water and recovered potential evidence.  

The two suspected smugglers, who are both from Mexico, face smuggling charges. The remaining seven migrants are being processed for removal under Title 42.




Last modified: 
April 28, 2021