YUMA — Border Patrol agents working the Highway 78 immigration checkpoint Friday, September 11, encountered a United States citizen transporting eight illegal aliens concealed in a boat he was towing, according to a press release.
At approximately 10:30 p.m., Border Patrol agents working the checkpoint near Palo Verde, California, encountered a 1999 Ford Expedition towing a fishing boat. A Border Patrol canine alerted to the vehicle and agents referred the vehicle to the secondary inspection area. During their investigation, agents discovered eight illegal aliens hiding under the boat’s cover. The aliens — whose ages ranged from 18 to 40 — were all nationals of Mexico, one of which had been previously removed four times.
The male driver of the vehicle — a 33-year-old US citizen — was booked on smuggling charges. The vehicle, boat, and trailer were seized, and the aliens were processed per Yuma Sector guidelines.