YUMA, ARIZONA – On Monday Ajo Border Patrol assigned to the Lukeville immigration checkpoint arrested an illegal immigrant and two U.S. citizens in a smuggling attempt. Border Patrol used video surveillance to confirm the smuggling attempt started with the group cutting the wire along the border fence near the Lukeville Port of Entry.
— CBP Arizona (@CBPArizona) March 19, 2019
As border patrol agents were reviewing the surveillance footage the individuals illegally entered into the U.S. and got into a parked Dodge SUV that was waiting for them.
As Air and Marine Operations patrol tailed the car agents while agents at an immigration inspection checkpoint “performed an immigration inspection on the three occupants, discovering the rear passenger, a 40-year-old Mexican male, was illegally present in the country and attempted to use fraudulent immigration documents.”
The driver of the vehicle, a 36-year-old female, and the front seat passenger, a 32-year-old male, were arrested and charged on federal human smuggling charges.
The backset male is being processed for immigration violation charges.
The Ajo station Border Patrol could not be reached for comment on this story, however, due to the 24-hour attention needed at the border, authorities welcome assistance from the community. Suspicious behavior along the border can be reported to 1-877-872-7435 toll-free and anonymously.
Marissa Martinez is a political contributor for Accuracy in Media. She is the former political director to Massachusetts Governor’s re-election campaign, alumna of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and political consultant to national PACs. Follow her AIM border adventures @MarissaAlisa.