58 undocumented immigrants arrested in last 2 days

58 undocumented immigrants arrested in last 2 days

YUMA, Ariz. – Fifty-eight undocumented immigrants were arrested by U.S. Border Patrol agents between Thursday night and Friday morning.

Agents say out of the 58 suspects 21 of them were caught trying to smuggle 843 pounds of marijuana into the U.S. The men were from Mexico, Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala.

Three men were also found hiding in the truck of a car as they tried to get past the immigration checkpoint on Interstate 8. The driver of the car, a U.S. citizen, will be prosecuted for felony alien smuggling, according to agents.

Agents say another two men were arrested for re-entering the country illegally. The men were found with 218 pounds of pot. The two suspects were previously deported and were in violation of their supervised release, according to agents. They will be taken back to prison to complete their sentences.

Lastly agents found 164 pounds of marijuana abandoned Thursday morning.

Agent say all drugs were seized and all suspects will be submitted for prosecution.


About The Author

Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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