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Agents arrest two in human smuggling scheme

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YUMA, Ariz. (KYMA, KECY) - Yuma Sector agents at the Highway 78 checkpoint say they arrested two men smuggling a pair of Mexican citizens into the United States.

Agents say one of the Mexican individuals had an outstanding warrant for burglary.

It happened Thursday evening, when agents near Palo Verde, California encountered a suspicious Toyota sedan.

A Border Patrol K-9 alerted agents to the vehicle, so agents say they sent the vehicle to secondary inspection.

There, agents discovered two immigrants from Mexico, who agents say were in the country illegally. Their ages were 18 and 33. Record checks revealed the 33-year-old immigrant had an active warrant for burglary out of Fresno, California.

Agents also found a Ruger LCP380 handgun loaded with hollow-point ammunition tucked into the backseat, as well as $735 in cash.

Agents say the 25-year old and 19-year-old US citizens were booked on smuggling charges. The vehicle, firearm, ammunition and cash were seized, and the two immigrants were transported to Mexico under Title 42 at the San Luis Port of Entry.

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