8 Migrants Found in Towed Boat in California near Border

8 Migrants Found in Towed Boat in California near Border


Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents discovered eight migrants packed in a boat being towed by an SUV at an interior immigration checkpoint in California.

Border Patrol agents assigned to the Highway 78 Immigration Checkpoint near Palo Verde, California, observed a 1999 Ford Expedition towing a fishing boat approaching for inspection. During an initial inspection, a Border Patrol K-9 alerted to an odor it is trained to detect coming from the boat, according to information obtained from Yuma Sector Border Patrol officials.

The agents referred the driver, a 33-year-old male U.S. citizen, to the secondary inspection area. Agents searched the boat and found eight illegal immigrants hiding under the boat’s covering, officials reported. The migrants were packed on top of each other and had no personal protection equipment to prevent the possible spread of COVID-19, the photograph revealed.

Agents conducted an immigration interview with the eight occupants of the towed boat

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