YUMA, Ariz. –Agents assigned to the U.S. Border Patrol Special Operations Group out of El Paso, Texas and the Yuma Sector Special Operations Detachment apprehended nine illegal alien scouts over the weekend.
At approximately 6:30 a.m. Sunday, the agents apprehended nine Mexican nationals suspected of scout activity, all of whom were determined to be illegally present in the country. The nine adult males were near Camp Grip and had a multitude of equipment known for counter surveillance and intelligence gathering. Some of the equipment found were solar panels, two-way radios, high-power spotting scopes and high-power binoculars.
“While almost half of our manpower is tied up transporting, processing and caring for Central American families and children we have suspected cartel members conducting highly sophisticated smuggling operations,” said Chief Patrol Agent Anthony Porvaznik. “Our primary focus needs to be on our National Security Mission.”
The nine Mexican nationals will be processed for illegal entry into the United States.
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.