Vehicle Stop Leads to Discovery of Two Smuggled Migrants


YUMA, Ariz. – A report of suspicious activity led to a vehicle stop by Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents Friday morning in which two U.S. citizens were found to be smuggling two migrants.

Agents from Yuma Sector were aided by Yuma Police & a crew from Yuma Air Branch to stop a smuggling vehicle with two.

The suspected migrants were spotted getting into a white Dodge Charger near Calexico, California.

The vehicle headed east on Interstate 8 and was located by a Yuma Air Branch air interdiction agent as it entered Yuma Sector’s area of operations.

Agents, assisted by the Yuma Police Department, conducted a vehicle stop on Avenue A and 1st Street and confirmed the suspected smuggling event. The 20-year-old driver and 18-year-old passenger, both from California, were found to have previous smuggling arrests.

Agents arrested the two smugglers and migrants and seized the vehicle.

Agents Intercept Smuggling Attempt on Colorado River

YUMA, Ariz. – Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents intercepted a smuggling attempt on the Colorado River Monday morning.

At approximately 9 a.m., agents conducted a consensual encounter of a suspicious boat at the Martinez Lake Marina and discovered nine migrants inside. The migrants appeared to be using the Colorado River to bypass immigration checkpoints.

Divers with the Border, Search, Trauma and Rescue team conducted a search of the water and recovered potential evidence.  

The two suspected smugglers, who are both from Mexico, face smuggling charges. The remaining seven migrants are being processed for removal under Title 42.

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