Armed Mexican Smuggler Arrested near Gila Bend
TUCSON, Ariz. – Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents from the Ajo Station seized a Dodge minivan and a handgun Sunday after identifying the driver and three passengers as Mexican nationals illegally present in the United States.
Agents stopped the minivan on westbound Interstate 8, outside of Gila Bend, Arizona, Sunday afternoon to conduct an immigration inspection. While questioning the occupants, agents determined all individuals were Mexican nationals who had entered the country illegally.
During a subsequent search of the vehicle, agents discovered a 9mm pistol and ammunition, belonging to the driver.
In addition to seizing the vehicle and weapon, agents arrested the four occupants for immigration violations, in accordance with Tucson Sector guidelines. The driver will also be presented for prosecution and could face additional charges for his role in the smuggling attempt, as well as for illegal possession of a firearm.
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.