TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents working along Interstate 8 arrested a wanted man from Yuma and four migrants from Mexico during a human smuggling attempt, Tuesday.
At approximately 12 a.m., Yuma Station agents were advised by a motorist that a Ford Mustang was possibly transporting migrants on Interstate 8 near the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreational Area. A short time later, they located the vehicle traveling eastbound. The vehicle drove at a high rate of speed and exited Interstate 8 in Yuma, eventually coming to a stop at an apartment complex located at 14th Avenue and 12th Street. Inside the vehicle, agents discovered four illegal aliens from Mexico wearing life vests, with wet and muddy clothing. Agents located the driver nearby attempting to hide behind a barrier. A search of the driver revealed a loaded Glock 38 handgun and 4.7 grams of methamphetamine.
Record checks revealed the 25-year-old driver was a Yuma resident with outstanding warrants for failure to appear and unlawful flight from law enforcement. He was arrested for human smuggling violations as well as his outstanding warrants.
The four migrants were processed for immigration violations.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials welcome assistance from the community. Individuals can report suspicious activity to the Border Patrol and remain anonymous by calling 1-877-872-7435 toll free. Reporting illicit activity could result in saving someone’s life.