While attempting to smuggle five Mexican people across the US border, two Americans were detained in Arizona. authorities from Customs and Border Patrol stated.
According to John Modlin, Chief Patrol Agent of the U.S. Border Patrol, agents from the Tucson station of the Border Patrol rushed to Sasabe, a border village with just over 50 people, when agency camera operators noticed potential criminal activity. Tucson Sector of the Border Patrol, announced Saturday night.
Tucson Station agents responded to Sasabe, AZ, after border camera operators spotted suspected criminal activity. Two U.S. citizens were arrested for attempting to smuggle five Mexican citizens. A loaded firearm was seized along with a small amount of meth and fentanyl. #Teamwork pic.twitter.com/CXEm7P6arl— John R. Modlin (@USBPChiefTCA) July 24, 2022
According to him, five Mexican nationals were trying to enter illegally, but two US citizens were caught.
In addition to a firearm, Modlin said that the arrest resulted in the seizure of some methamphetamine and fentanyl.
In Fiscal 2022, the US broke its previous record for documented stops at the Mexican border. With three months left in the year, there have already been more stops than in any other fiscal year in the Department of Homeland Security’s 20-year existence.
The number of stops along the southern border made by US Customs and Border Protection since October 1 totals 1,746,119, which is more than the agency has ever done in a single fiscal year since 1960. In June alone, 207,416 migrants were encountered.
Since October 1, 2021, border authorities have encountered more than 2 million migrants nationwide.
53 migrants died in San Antonio last month as a result of a disastrously unsuccessful smuggling attempt, making it the bloodiest smuggling episode ever reported, according to officials.