YUMA, Ariz. – Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Highway 78 checkpoint arrested a United States citizen attempting to smuggle two Mexican nationals Tuesday.
Just after midnight, a Border Patrol K-9 team referred a Toyota Corolla to secondary inspection after the canine alerted to an odor it was trained to detect. A subsequent search of the vehicle revealed two undocumented Mexican nationals hiding in the trunk. The two illegal aliens stated they entered the United States the prior day along an area of unfinished construction of new Border Wall near El Cajon, California.
The male driver, a 21-year-old U.S. citizen, was booked for alien smuggling. The two Mexican nationals were arrested for improper entry by an alien and were expeditiously removed from the country.
Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents working at immigration checkpoints continue to effectively combat smuggling organizations attempting to illegally transport people and contraband through southwestern Arizona and California.
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.