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Human Smuggling

August 16, 2018

YUMA, Arizona Wellton Station Border Patrol agents patrolling the area of Dome Valley arrested a United States citizen found smuggling four illegal aliens Friday, August 10. At about 6:15 a.m., agents operating near Avenue 26E and Old Highway 80 performed an immigration stop on a grey 2016 Hyundai Accent.

The driver was identified as a 34-year-old United States citizen from Pomona, California. During the stop, agents determined the other passengers in the vehicle to be Mexican nationals unlawfully present in the United States.

The driver was arrested for transportation of illegal aliens and the Mexican nationals were processed for immigration violations.

Dome Valley is a route commonly used by smuggling organizations to bypass the Immigration Checkpoint on Interstate 8 as they attempt to evade apprehension.

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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