U.S. Border Patrol agents made another arrest during Operation Blazing Sands, an ongoing joint operation of the El Centro and Yuma sectors..

The incident occurred late one afternoon last week when Border Patrol agents saw two individuals illegally cross into the United States from Mexico and get into a red car on Interstate 8 west of Yuma. Agents followed the car as it went west on I-8 and then north on Highway 111 before stopping in Niland. Agents approached the car and identified the driver as a 44-year old U.S. citizen and questioned two passengers who were found to be citizens of Mexico illegally in the U.S. The driver was arrested and charged with alien smuggling.