Border Patrol agents from the area Blythe station seized $40,000 following an Interstate 10 vehicle stop Nov. 23.

“Blythe Border Patrol agents responding to a call for assistance from the Arizona Department of Public Safety Tuesday afternoon arrested a Guatemalan national and seized $40,000 in smuggling proceeds,” stated U.S. Border Patrol – Yuma Sector on Nov. 24. “At approximately 3 p.m., a state trooper requested assistance from agents in reference to a suspected migrant with a large sum of money. When agents arrived at the location of the vehicle stop, on Interstate 10 at mile marker 51, they determined the 23-year-old Guatemalan man was illegally present in the United States.”

As noted by U.S. Border Patrol, the suspect initially claimed that the sum of money was intended to purchase construction equipment in the Phoenix area.

“(A)nd then admitted it was proceeds from smuggling activities,” stated U.S. Border Patrol – Yuma Sector.

As later noted by the agency, the holiday week of Nov. 24 alone saw 2,300 migrants apprehended.

“We are thankful for the men and women of Yuma Sector who work around the clock to keep this country safe. This week alone, we have apprehended more than 2,300 migrants(, including) a convicted child rapist, a convicted murderer and a smuggler in possession of $40,000 in cash,” stated U.S. Border Patrol – Yuma Sector. “A special thank you to the agents, radio operators, National Guardsmen, support staff and volunteers working this holiday in support of our mission to defend our borders and protect our communities.”

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