Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents arrest group of illegal crossers who abandon vehicle along Interstate 8

Release Date: February 4, 2021

WELLTON, Ariz. – Yuma Sector Border Patrol arrested a group of seven Mexican citizens that illegally crossed the border into the United States Wednesday evening.

On Feb. 3, at approximately 10:50 p.m., agents assigned to the Wellton Border Patrol Station attempted to stop a gold 2007 Toyota Highlander traveling eastbound along Interstate 8. The vehicle finally came to a stop near mile marker 109 and all seven occupants bailed out of the vehicle and ran into nearby fields.

Agents were able to apprehend all seven occupants utilizing infra-red camera technology and seized the vehicle.

The vehicle occupants were all found to be adult Mexican males and were transported to Yuma Station for processing and returned to Mexico.

Illegal crossers who attempt to flee in this manner not only place themselves in danger, they represent an increased safety hazard to the traveling public and the agents responsible for apprehending them.