Van driven by Nogales teen that contained 12 people in the U.S. illegally. (Source: US Customs and Border Protection)
NOGALES, AZ (Tucson News Now) -
Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Nogales Station arrested a juvenile and 12 Mexican nationals in a human smuggling attempt that led authorities on a vehicle chase throughout Nogales on Jan. 21.
According to the CBP news release, agents patrolling east of Nogales attempted to stop a Dodge Caravan, however; the driver sped away. Agents pursued the vehicle south on State Route 82 until the driver lost control of the van and crashed at the corner of SR 82 and Morley Ave.
The driver of the vehicle, fled on foot but was quickly apprehended after a short chase. BP agents searched the van and discovered 12 Mexican nationals, all illegally present in the U.S.
The driver, a 14-year-old Arizona resident, was arrested and is being prosecuted by the Santa Cruz County Attorney’s Office for unlawful flight from a pursuing law enforcement vehicle, a felony. The Mexican nationals, ages 15 to 45, were all arrested for immigration violations.
Tucson Sector Border Patrol strives to deter youth in the community from participating in illicit activity through Operation Detour and T.E.A.M. Kids. These programs provide awareness to local young people on the dangers and consequences of participating in unlawful acts.
School administrators can request an Operation Detour briefing at their institution by contacting Tucson Sector Public Affairs via email at email@example.com
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