YUMA — Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents from Blythe Station assisted the Riverside County Sheriff’s office during a narcotics raid on a suspected illegal marijuana grow site near Palo Verde College in Blythe, California, Wednesday, May 20.
According to the USBP release, agents detained 104 subjects, including approximately 80 individuals from the People’s Republic of China, during the multi-agency operation. Border Patrol agents, along with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations and RCSO, conducted interviews and record checks to determine the immigration status of each subject.
HSI determined, after interviewing all of the subjects, 14 Chinese nationals were in violation of immigration status. According to the release agents found an additional two subjects, from Guatemala and Mexico, to be illegally present in the United States. The release said agents determined the remainder of the subjects be legally present in the United States.
According to the release, Border Patrol agents transported the 16 individuals with immigration violations to Yuma Station for processing. HSI took two individuals — allegedly running the illegal grow site — into custody.
US Customs and Border Protection officials said they welcome assistance from the community. Individuals can report suspicious activity to the Border Patrol and remain anonymous by calling 1-877-872-7435 toll-free.