Border agents arrest three U.S. citizens for human smuggling
Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents arrested three U.S. citizens in connection with human smuggling in two separate incidents this week, as well as six Mexican nationals suspected of being in the country illegally.
Agents also arrested two Mexican nationals for drug smuggling, while seizing nearly $400,000 in marijuana and four vehicles, according to a release from the agency.
On Nov. 19, agents from the Brian A. Terry Station seized more than 700 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $350,000 after agents began following a Dodge Durango near Naco, Ariz. The driver abruptly pulled over and bailed out. Agents tracked the driver to a nearby house and after waiting for assistance from Homeland Security Investigation officials, went into the house and arrested the man, a Mexican national, the release said.
The next day, agents from the Ajo Station watched five men run out of the desert and jump into a Jeep Commander near Gila Bend. Agents stopped the vehicle and arrested three men, all Mexican nationals suspected of being in the country illegally. The other two occupants were U.S. citizens and were arrested as well.
Agents found two loaded handguns and a machete in the vehicle.
Friday, Douglas Station agents attempted to stop a Chevrolet Impala on State Route 80, east of Douglas. At first, the driver "failed to yield," the agency said, but then the vehicle stopped and three people dashed out of the vehicle.
Agents apprehended the three Mexican nationals after a brief foot pursuit, while another agent followed the fleeing sedan until the driver finally yielded. The driver, a U.S. citizen, was arrested.
Sunday, Nogales Station agents and a Customs and Border Protection officer at the Dennis DeConcini port of entry in Nogales arrested one man after he attempted to escape back into Mexico during a vehicle stop. A search of the vehicle turned up six bundles of marijuana worth an estimated $43,000.