Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents arrested armed human smugglers attempting to move migrants away from the border in a horse trailer.
Tucson Sector Chief Patrol Agent John Modlin tweeted a drone video showing a group of migrants illegally crossing a border barrier near Bisbee, Arizona.
#BorderPatrol agents arrested 3 U.S. citizens attempting to smuggle 20 illegal aliens inside a #horse trailer near #Bisbee, #AZ! Agents also seized a loaded firearm and 5 grams of #meth. Take a look at the #drone footage. @USBPChief @CBPArizona pic.twitter.com/JrObruD5Fr
— John R. Modlin (@USBPChiefTCA) April 5, 2021
The migrants appear to hide in a gully until a truck pulling a horse trailer arrives. The migrants load into the trailer and the driver speeds away.
One person remains behind and appears to return to the border wall.
The drone appears to follow the truck and trailer as they speed away.
Modlin tweeted that agents eventually stopped the vehicle. They arrested three U.S. citizens on charges relating to human smuggling. Inside the trailer, agents found 20 illegal immigrants, Modlin stated.
A search of the vehicle led to the discovery of a loaded firearm and five grams of methamphetamine, the chief said.
This section of Arizona is served by agents assigned to the Brian A. Terry Border Patrol Station. The station is named in memory of murdered Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry. Over the weekend, Chief Modlin tweeted a video reporting the history of this station whose agents cover more than 1,000 square miles.
I am pleased to introduce the Brian A. Terry Border Patrol Station. Learn of its history and how it secures the border and protects communities. Without further ado, Brian A. Terry Station’s Patrol Agent in Charge, Michael Hyatt. @USBPChief pic.twitter.com/2lwz5BEg09
— John R. Modlin (@USBPChiefTCA) April 3, 2021