Immigrant smuggler busted at checkpoint near Telegraph Pass

Yuma

Immigrant smuggler busted at checkpoint near Telegraph Pass

YUMA, Ariz. (13 On Your Side)Agents from the Wellton Border Patrol Station busted a man trying to smuggle Mexicans who were illegally in the country through the Interstate 8 Border Patrol checkpoint near Telegraph Pass.

A Border Patrol K-9 alerted officers to the smuggler's car, where they found half a gram of methamphetamine.

Agents also discovered one of the passengers was a Mexican citizen, illegally in the United States, who paid the driver to be taken further into the U.S.

Both men were arrested and turned over to the U.S. Attorney's Office for prosecution.

Agents say the smuggler, who is an American citizen, has been sentenced to 90 days in jail.

The illegal immigrant was granted a voluntary return to Mexico. 

 

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