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Border Patrol agents and Arizona sheriff’s deputies arrest 8, seize handgun following car chase

July 4, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Border Patrol agents and Arizona sheriff’s deputies arrest 8, seize handgun following car chase Photo: CBP

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US Border Patrol agents and Cochise County Sheriff’s deputies in Arizona detained two American citizens and six Mexican nationals on Tuesday following a car chase that ended near Hereford when the suspects ditched a vehicle and tried to escape on foot.

Agents working at the Brian A. Terry Station notice several men walking into a GMC Jimmy near the border and headed west on Route 92.

Deputies observing radio traffic noticed the SUV and tried to carry out a vehicle stop. Instead of stopping, however, the driver fled.

Deputies and Border Patrol agents chased the vehicle until it was out of sight, according to a US Customs and Border Protection press release.

Another agent reported seeing the vehicle abandoned in a cul-de-sac. Agents and deputies met in the area and soon discovered eight people hiding in the shrubbery.

During a search of the car, an agent recovered an empty holster, which led agents to scour the area where they soon located a 9 mm firearm.

Of the eight people arrested, agents identified two as residents of Tucson – a 39-year-old woman and a 28-year-old man – and the other six as Mexican natives illegally in the U.S.

The two American citizens are facing felony criminal charges for human smuggling. The undocumented migrants were processed for immigration violations.

Federal policy permits agents to charge individuals by a complaint, a method that enables the filing of charges for criminal activity without assuming guilt.

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