YUMA, Ariz. – Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents apprehended multiple illegal aliens from Mexico and arrested multiple U.S. citizens during two failed human smuggling attempts.
Wednesday afternoon, Wellton Station agents operating in Dome Valley identified a Ford F-150 attempting to circumvent the immigration checkpoint on Interstate 8. During the encounter, agents determined that the three passengers in the vehicle were illegal aliens from Mexico. The driver, a 29-year-old U.S. citizen, was arrested for human smuggling.
The second incident occurred later that day Wellton Station agents working at the immigration checkpoint on Interstate 8 encountered a Nissan Altima with four occupants. During a secondary inspection, agents determined the driver and front seat passenger were U.S. citizens and the two rear seat passengers were illegal aliens from Mexico. Both U.S. citizens were arrested for human smuggling.
All illegal aliens were processed for immigration violations and both vehicles were seized.
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.