TUCSON, Ariz. – A Tucson Sector Border Patrol agent encountered a missing juvenile during a vehicle stop early Saturday.
While observing traffic near Sells, Arizona, an agent from the Three Points station stopped a Toyota Corolla to conduct an immigration inspection. The agent soon identified the occupants as an adult male from Guatemala, driver; a male front-seat passenger from Mexico with a felony conviction for possession with intent to distribute; and a juvenile female U.S. citizen in the rear seat who was reported missing out of Riverside, California.
The Tohono O'odham Police Department responded and subsequently took custody of all subjects, including the juvenile, and vehicle. The TOPD officer also learned that both male occupants had transported the girl across state lines.
In separate unrelated incidents last week, agents arrested three male Mexican nationals illegally present in the U.S., one with a warrant for a sex offense; one previously convicted of rape; and another for unlawful intercourse with a minor. Agents processed these subjects for prosecution and/or removal proceedings in accordance with Tucson Sector prosecution guidelines.
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.