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Border Patrol arrest 5 in joint effort with CHP

September 19, 2017

YUMA, Arizona – Border Patrol agents working near Interstate 8, east of the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area, arrested five individuals following a pursuit after the driver of a Chevrolet SUV failed to yield to a traffic stop Friday morning. California Highway Patrol notified the Yuma Sector Border Patrol that four individuals were seen climbing into a SUV and were traveling east toward Yuma.

Yuma Sector’s dispatch immediately notified agents working near the area. Once agents spotted the vehicle, they attempted to conduct a vehicle stop but the driver fled. After a short pursuit that ended in a Yuma furniture store parking lot near Giss Parkway, the subjects attempted to escape on foot but were soon apprehend.

No injuries, damage or vehicle accidents occurred during the incident.

Agents arrested the driver, a 27-year-old U.S. citizen, for human smuggling and seized the vehicle. His four passengers, identified as illegal aliens from Mexico, were arrested for immigration violations.

An individual is presumed innocent unless and until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

All persons, drugs and vehicles are processed per Yuma Sector guidelines. Federal law allows agents to charge individuals by complaint, a method that allows the filing of charges for criminal activity without inferring guilt.

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 management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between official ports of entry. CBP strives to keep terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.

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