YUMA, Ariz. –Border Patrol agents working at the Highway 78 checkpoint encountered two United States citizens transporting two illegal aliens concealed in the vehicle’s trunk. One of the illegal aliens had an outstanding warrant for burglary.
Thursday evening, Border Patrol agents working at the Highway 78 checkpoint near Palo Verde, California, encountered a Toyota sedan. A Border Patrol canine alerted agents to the vehicle, and agents subsequently sent the vehicle to secondary inspection where agents discovered two illegal aliens hiding in the vehicle’s trunk. The aliens, aged 18 and 33, are both nationals of Mexico. Records checks revealed that the 33-year-old alien had an active warrant for burglary out of Fresno, California. Agents located a Ruger LCP380 handgun loaded with hollow-point ammunition tucked into the rear seat and seized $735 in cash.
The 25-year-old US citizen male driver and the 19-year-old US citizen passenger were booked on smuggling charges. The vehicle, firearm, ammunition and cash were seized. The two illegal aliens were expelled under Title 42 at the San Luis Port of Entry.
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.