YUMA, Arizona — Border Patrol agents arrested a U.S. citizen on charges of attempting to smuggle three illegal immigrants through Dome Valley on Sept. 15 during an apparent attempt to avoid Wellton Station’s eastbound checkpoint on Interstate 8.
Agents noticed a pickup parked in a secluded area next to an agriculture field and made contact with the driver. The encounter resulted in the discovery of three illegal immigrants hiding on the floor of the vehicle.
The driver will be processed for prosecution for alien smuggling, while the illegal immigrants will be processed according to federal guidelines.
Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents effectively combat smuggling organizations attempting to illegally transport people and contraband through southwestern Arizona and California. On a typical day in Fiscal Year 2014, CBP seized 10,327 pounds of drugs while conducting operations nationwide.
Citizens can help the Border Patrol and U.S. Customs and Border Protection by calling 1-866-999-8727 toll-free to report suspicious activity. Callers can remain anonymous.
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.