Military Police, Border Patrol Stop Human Smuggling Attempt
TUCSON, Ariz. –Border Patrol agents assigned to the Brian A. Terry Station assisted Fort Huachuca’s law enforcement personnel in arresting three people and seizing a vehicle during a human smuggling attempt on Sunday evening near Sierra Vista, Arizona.
Fort Huachuca officials encountered a 2017 Ford Fusion, driven by a U.S. citizen from Laughlin, Nevada, with two male passengers, near an entrance of the Army post and called the Border Patrol to assist in their investigation.
Agents determined that the passengers, ages 42 and 37, were Mexican nationals illegally present in the country. Subsequently, the illegal aliens were arrested for immigration violations and the 42-year-old driver was arrested for human smuggling.
Following the arrest, agents searched the vehicle and discovered law enforcement equipment, a BB pistol and fraudulent federal identifications bearing the drivers information and photo. Agents seized the contraband while the vehicle was impounded by the fort’s Military Police.
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.