YUMA, Ariz. – Border Patrol agents working near Interstate 8 and the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area arrested five individuals following a pursuit late Wednesday afternoon when the driver of a Dodge pickup truck failed to stop for an immigration inspection.
Yuma Station agents received a citizen’s report of multiple people climbing into a pickup truck and then traveling east. Once agents located the vehicle, they attempted to conduct an immigration stop but the driver fled. After a short pursuit that ended near 10th Street in Yuma, the subjects jumped from the vehicle in an attempt to escape on foot but were soon apprehend.
No injuries, damage or vehicle accidents occurred during the incident.
The driver, a 55-year-old U.S. citizen, was arrested for human smuggling. The four undocumented male Mexican nationals were arrested and are being processed for immigration violations.
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.