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U.S. Citizen Arrested Attempting to Smuggle 2 Undocumented Individuals

Release Date: 
March 14, 2022

INDIO, Calif.El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents conducting anti-smuggling operations arrested a United States citizen, two undocumented individuals and seized a firearm along with cash, last Thursday night.
 

During the inspection, agents found a 9 mm pistol under the front seat and $2,631 on the driver’s person.
During the inspection, agents found a 9 mm pistol under
the front seat and $2,631 on the driver’s person.  

At approximately 10:25 p.m., agents conducted a vehicle stop on a black 2021 Kia Forte at a gas station off Monroe Street, right off of Interstate 10. During the stop, agents conducted an interview with the three occupants of the vehicle and determined that the driver was a United States citizen, and the other two occupants were nationals of Mexico, who did not possess the proper documentation to be in the U.S. legally. A further inspection the vehicle revealed a 9 mm pistol under the front seat and $2,631 on the driver’s person.  

All individuals were transported to the Indio Border Patrol station to be held for further processing. The 20-year-old male driver will be processed and booked for 8 USC 1324, Alien Smuggling. All other undocumented individuals will be processed accordingly.

The vehicle, firearm, and money will be seized as per El Centro Sector guidelines.

Last modified: 
March 14, 2022