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Border Patrol agents in Arizona bust four U.S. citizens for human smuggling

March 28, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Border Patrol agents in Arizona bust four U.S. citizens for human smuggling

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Arizona Border Patrol agents in the Tucson Sector apprehended four U.S. citizens for allegedly participating in human smuggling activities. The agents also arrested four foreign nationals for illegally crossing into the U.S.

According to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection press release, Border Patrol agents working at the Tucson and Three Points Stations took part in a high-speed chase on March 22nd that resulted in the arrests of two U.S. citizens for their purported human smuggling efforts. Agents from the Three Points Station originally attempted to pull over a Chevy Cavalier.

The vehicle’s driver neglected to stop when the agents turned on their emergency lights. As the vehicle approach Sells, it slowed down and two men dressed in camouflage clothing leaped out of the car and fled into the desert. The fleeing smugglers proceeded with their attempt to evade capture.

Officers with the O’odham Police Department helped Border Patrol agents capture the two men who ran off into the desert. Officials identified them as Mexican citizens who had illegally snuck into the U.S.

The pursuit of the Cavalier resumed and Border Patrol agents asked for assistance from a CBP Air andMarine Operations (AMO) helicopter. As the pursuit proceeded along Route 86, the AMO helicopter appeared overhead and tracked the fleeing vehicle.

The vehicle went up to the SR86 immigration checkpoint where agents used a tire deflation device. The Cavalier’s driver swerved to avoid it and crashed into the desert. The driver and a passenger ran away on foot, but agents quickly captured and arrested them. The driver and the passenger have been identified as U.S. citizens.

Agents brought the 20-year-old passenger to a local hospital for evaluation. The 26-year-old driver did not suffer from any injuries from the crash.

Officials processed the U.S. citizens on human smuggling charges. The Mexican citizens, ages 31 and 43, have been charged with immigration violations.

Earlier that day, agents working at the Nogales Station apprehended two women from Phoenix on human smuggling charges after the agents discovered two juvenile illegal aliens concealed in the trunk of their vehicle. The arrest occurred at the immigration checkpoint on Interstate 19 near the area of Amado on March 22nd.

Agents grew dubious of the driver when she initially approached the checkpoint. The agent referred the woman, a 43-year-old U.S. citizen, to a secondary inspection. A search of the car led to the discovery of two minors in the trunk of the Chevy Malibu.

A probe indicated that the two 16-year-olds are natives of Guatemala.

Agents brought all four individuals to the Nogales Station for processing. They arrested the two women from Phoenix on human smuggling charges. They two Guatemalan teens will be transferred to immigration officers for processing.

These arrests occurred after the arrests of over 200 people in the Yuma Sector during a three-week human smuggling interdiction bust. “Operation Sandman” resulted in the arrest of 175 illegals and 29 alleged human smugglers.

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