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Border Patrol arrest human smuggler following rollover crash

January 24, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Border Patrol arrest human smuggler following rollover crash

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Border Patrol agents assigned to the Yuma and El Centro Sectors collaborated to arrest a human smuggler. The suspect escaped and eventually crashed, causing his vehicle to roll and injuring his passengers.

Just before 4:30 a.m. on January 16th, agents noticed six illegals scaling the international border fence located by a hydro-electric plant in southern California. The illegal entry was witnessed by agents using a camera monitoring system. The six foreigners got into a white Acura Integra beside Interstate 8.

The responding officers saw the suspected human smuggler driving eastbound on the interstate. The driver of the Acura suddenly got off the Greys Well exit and abruptly made a U-turn under an overpass. One of the agents from the Yuma Division tried to stop the vehicle. The driver failed to pull over and sped away.

Agents from the Yuma Sector and the Calexico Stations ultimately lost view of the suspect’s vehicle. An extended search revealed the suspect had lost control of his vehicle and rolled over, Breitbart Texas reported.

Although the driver of the Acura refused medical assistance, the six illegals were brought to an area hospital. The migrants suffered minor injuries.

The driver, a U.S. national, was taken into custody and may face charges of human smuggling. The six illegals were turned over to the Yuma Sector agents. They will be processed according to the guidelines of the Yuma Sector, according to CBP officials.

While the illegals were able to scale the fence near the hydro-electric plant, technology services helped agents to respond tactically. The use of fencing and camera technology allows agents to be more efficiently dispatched to actual illegal border crossing and drug smuggling incidents.

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