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.
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.
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.