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18 Aliens Arrested, Some with Significant Criminal Histories

January 21, 2016

YUMA, Arizona Border Patrol agents, assisted by aviation crews from Air and Marine Operations (AMO), Yuma Air Branch, arrested 18 people and seized more than 430 pounds of marijuana during multiple holiday-weekend incidents.

AMO pilots assisted Border Patrol agents near Tacna by guiding them to the location of four Mexican nationals and a Honduran national after the group illegally entered the United States Friday, January 15 with 246 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $123,000.

AMO pilots again assisted agents in Tacna on Saturday, January 16, directing them to the location of six Mexican nationals illegally in the U.S. It was later confirmed that one of the six had an active, extraditable warrant out of Santa Barbara, California, for a probation violation on a felony DUI with a prior conviction.

On Sunday, January 17, Border Patrol agents arrested seven Mexican nationals near Gila Bend. The group illegally entered the U.S. transporting 186 pounds of marijuana, valued at $93,000. Two of the arrested aliens were previously deported and have histories of manufacturing and distributing a controlled substance, assault, injuring a child with intent, theft, rape, lewd and lascivious acts with a child, and carrying a concealed weapon.

Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents effectively combat smuggling organizations attempting to illegally transport people and contraband through southwestern Arizona and California. All persons, drugs and vehicles are processed per Yuma Sector guidelines. 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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