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Human smuggling attempted in a Jeep

December 11, 2018

EL CENTRO, Calif – El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents arrested a 30-year-old Mexican national attempting to smuggle 10 undocumented immigrants in a Jeep Cherokee. The arrest occurred at approximately 11:15 p.m. while agents were working near the area of Mount Signal Road and Highway 98 this past Monday night, December 3.

Agents observed a Jeep without lights traveling north bound on Mount Signal Road. Agents responded to the area and attempted to make a vehicle stop as it traveled east bound on Highway 98.

The Jeep attempted to abscond the Border Patrol and failed to yield. Agents pursued the Jeep and were quickly and safely able to end the pursuit using a controlled tire deflation device. The driver and all occupants were immediately taken into custody.

The group was transported to the Calexico Border Patrol Station for further investigation and processing.

The Jeep was seized due to it was used in the smuggling of the undocumented immigrants.

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

Federal law allows agents to charge individuals by complaint, a method that allows the filing of charges for criminal activity without inferring guilt.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials welcome assistance from the community. Individuals can report suspicious activity to the Border Patrol and remain anonymous by calling 1-877-872-7435 toll free. Reporting illicit activity could result in saving someone’s life.

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’s mission includes keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws. Follow us on Twitter @CBPArizona.

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