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Agents foil multiple human smuggling attempts

March 2, 2018

YUMA, Arizona Border Patrol agents assigned to the Yuma Sector Border Patrol Special Operations Detachment arrested three United States citizens and nine Mexican nationals in two separate events Monday and Tuesday, February 26 and 27.

The first event occurred Monday at approximately 6:30 p.m. west of the Buttercup Sand Dunes in Imperial County, California. Five subjects illegally crossed the International Boundary and loaded into a vehicle driven by a 33-year-old male USC. SOD agents stopped the vehicle and arrested all six individuals. The driver was charged with human smuggling. The five Mexican nationals, ranging in age from 16 to 27, were charged with illegal entry into the United States.

At approximately 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, four subjects illegally crossed the United States and Mexico International Boundary again just west of the Buttercup Sand Dunes in Imperial County, California. The subjects entered a vehicle with a USC driver and passenger. SOD agents arrested the driver and passenger for human smuggling, and the four Mexican nationals for illegal entry into the United States.

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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