Agents intercept vehicle containing several illegal aliens

Release Date: February 18, 2021

YUMA, Ariz. – Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents intercepted a vehicle after it illegally crossed the border in the desert south of Yuma and apprehended 18 Mexican nationals and one U.S. citizen early Wednesday morning.

At approximately 1 a.m., Yuma Sector video surveillance captured a black Dodge Durango crossing the border south of the Foothills. Several subjects loaded into the vehicle and then it continued east along the border. As agents closed in on the vehicle, it left the dirt road and headed north into the desert where it became disabled.

The driver and passengers fled the vehicle. Agents apprehended 18 illegal aliens and then encountered an additional subject west of the area as he attempted to climb the border fence and return to Mexico.

The subject fell from the fence and sustained injuries. An agent trained as an emergency medical technician provided initial care while waiting for an ambulance. The subject, a 36-year-old Mexican national, was transported to Yuma Regional Medical Center and subsequently flown to a Phoenix hospital for treatment.

The illegal aliens and U.S. citizen were arrested and will be processed accordingly. Initial record checks conducted on the U.S. citizen, a 23-year-old male, revealed an extraditable warrant for failing to appear in court after being caught with 26 pounds of methamphetamine.

In addition, two of the illegal aliens will face felony charges for re-entering the U.S. after previous deportations.