Mexican National Arrested for Attempted Human Smuggling
YUMA, Ariz. – Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Interstate 8 Immigration Checkpoint near Wellton arrested a Mexican national illegally present in the United States after he attempted to smuggle two illegal aliens Monday.
At approximately 9:26 a.m., Wellton Station agents referred a white Ford Fusion to the secondary inspection area after a Border Patrol K-9 in the primary inspection lane positively alerted to an odor it was trained to detect. After a subsequent search of the vehicle, agents discovered two male subjects lying on the rear passenger floorboard. Both subjects were determined to be in the United States illegally.
The driver, a 31-year-old male residing in Bakersfield, California, was processed for alien smuggling. The illegal aliens were charged with re-entry of removed aliens, and the vehicle was seized.
Federal law allows agents to charge individuals by complaint, a method that allows the filing of criminal activity charges without inferring guilt. An individual is presumed innocent unless or until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents effectively combat smuggling organizations attempting to illegally transport people and contraband through southwestern Arizona and California. 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.