U.S. Border Patrol (USBP) agents from the Wellton Station Integrated Targeting Team and Yuma Sector Intelligence Unit, in collaboration with the United States Marshals Service (USMS), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), and the Office of Field Operations have successfully arrested a main facilitator of an alien smuggling organization within Yuma Sector.
Through the employment of USBP counter-networking strategies, Jesus Dozal-Castillo, was identified as having coordinated multiple alien smuggling events that occurred at the Wellton Station Interstate 8 Immigration Checkpoint and in Dome Valley.
The agents who investigated Dozal-Castillo identified him one of Yuma Sector’s top five most wanted individuals due to his extensive involvement in smuggling activity.
(Learn More. The signs are everywhere, sometimes, you just have to take a second look. Human trafficking is modern day slavery and it happens in our own communities. Your second look could be their second chance. Courtesy of U.S. Department of Homeland Security and YouTube)
On July 18, Dozal-Castillo, a United States citizen, was detained at the San Luis Port of Entry and arrested by the USMS Violent Offender Task Force on charges of Conspiracy to Transport Illegal Aliens and Transportation of an Illegal Alien for Profit.
He is currently awaiting trial.
Integrated Targeting Teams were established in Yuma Sector to enhance U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Counter Network Approach.
They perform synchronized targeting of high-risk transnational and illicit criminal organizations.
(Learn More. Human trafficking and human smuggling represent significant risks to homeland security. Would-be terrorists and criminals can often access the same routes and utilize the same methods being used by human smugglers. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcements Human Smuggling and Trafficking Unit works to identify criminals and organizations involved in these illicit activities. Courtesy of ICE .gov and YouTube.)