U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Indio Station yesterday stopped a vehicle being used for human trafficking.
Around 9 p.m. last night, U.S. Border Patrol responded to a report that a vehicle possibly being used to smuggle humans into the United States was travelling through the Chocolate Mountain Aerial Gunnery Range.
After locating the vehicle, a gold Ford F-150, the agents determined it was in fact being used to smuggle humans. They stopped the truck using a spike strip near the intersection of Wiley's Well Rd and Bradshaw Trail.
When the truck stopped, the driver and passengers all fled the vehicle. Agents eventually arrested three Mexican nationals, a male and female both age 39, and a female age 26, for being in the country illegally.
The three individuals are in Border Patrol custody pending further investigation. The truck was seized by the U.S. Border Patrol.
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