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Human smugglers caught
June 13, 2018
BLYTHE, Calif – Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Highway 78 Immigration Checkpoint near Palo Verde, California arrested two male United States citizens along with three Mexican nationals and one Guatemalan national in an attempted human smuggling event Sunday, June 10.
At approximately 6:30 p.m., a black 2015 Dodge Charger containing six occupants arrived at the checkpoint. Upon questioning, Blythe Station agents discovered that four adult men in the back seat were foreign nationals illegally present in the United States. The subjects were attempting to travel from Calexico, California to Phoenix.
The 31-year-old driver residing in Julian, California and his 17-year-old juvenile passenger, both United States citizens, were arrested for alien smuggling. Agents also arrested the foreign nationals and seized the vehicle.
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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