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U.S. Border Patrol agents arrest 200 in anti-human smuggling operation

March 31, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
U.S. Border Patrol agents arrest 200 in anti-human smuggling operation

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A human smuggling interdiction bust conducted by U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Yuma Sector resulted in the arrest of over 200 illegal immigrants and smugglers. The three-week “Operation Sandman” was carried out in the Imperial Sand Dunes west of Yuma, Arizona.

According to a U.S> Customs and Border Protection press release, the probe, which took place between February and March, led to the arrests of 175 undocumented immigrants and 29 alleged human smugglers.

U.S. Border Patrol officials said many of the smugglers were U.S. citizens who face charges for their roles in coordinating and carrying out the human smuggling activities in the region along the U.S.-Mexico Border.

Law enforcement officials revealed that many tried to evade capture by fleeing on foot, hopping into irrigation canals, or escaping in vehicles.

Agents seized 19 cars and arrested a total of 204 individuals during the three-week operation.

“Coordination, integration, and adaptation are key elements of success in securing our nation’s borders,” Yuma Sector Chief Patrol Agent Anthony J. Porvaznik announced in a statement. “The hardworking men and women significantly impacted the transnational criminal organizations exploiting our communities.”

Yuma and El Centro Sector intelligence units (SIU) presented information to the Special Operations Detachment (SOD) who carried out “Operation Sandman.”

The detachment is comprised of Border Patrol Search, Trauma, and Rescue agents, Special Operations Group agents, and Border Patrol Tactical Unit agents. Officials in the SIU collects intelligence information, prioritizes the data and provides the data to the SOD to secure the successful completion of the mission’s goals.

As summer advances, the lives of migrants and Border Patrol agents are put at risk as cartel smugglers conduct their illegal activities. Every year, hundreds of illegals die in the desert after they are abandoned by the smugglers who have little respect for the lives of these people.

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