El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents found a group of eight migrants locked inside a white delivery van near Niland, Arizona, officials stated. The driver of the van with fake FedEx markings initially represented himself as a delivery man.
El Centro Sector agents patrolling Highway 111 on October 14 observed a while panel van marked with FedEx logos near the immigration checkpoint. Officials stated the driver behaved with signs consistent with that of human smuggling activities.
#CLONED ‼️Things are not as they seem & our dedicated #USBP agents saw through this facade. Agents arrested a U.S. citizen & thwarted this dangerous human smuggling attempt of 8 undocumented individuals. Smugglers only see humans as cargo.#TruchaCoyote
— USBP Chief Patrol Agent Gregory K. Bovino (@USBPChiefELC) October 20, 2021
Agents stopped the van and approached the driver for an interview. The driver reportedly claimed to be a deliveryman, the report states. The agents obtained the driver’s consent to search the cargo area where they found eight people attempting to conceal themselves.
The driver, 37, now faces federal felony charges related to human smuggling.
The agents identified the eight migrants as Mexican nationals not legally present in the U.S. The agents transported the eight migrants to the El Centro Sector processing center. They seized the van used in the failed smuggling attempt.
#RequestingTow ⚠️Man smuggling 4 migrants attempted to flee #USBP during a vehicle stop. Agents used a Vehicular Immobilization Device to bring this chase to a quick & safe conclusion, as seen in the pictures below.
— USBP Chief Patrol Agent Gregory K. Bovino (@USBPChiefELC) October 19, 2021
“Our agents will continue to put pressure on transnational criminal organizations who believe that their illicit activities will not have consequences,” El Centro Sector Chief Patrol Agent Gregory K. Bovino said in a written statement. “This is an example of how smugglers view the humans they smuggle for profit – as if they were nothing more than cargo.”