Update: Lockdown on Yuma schools lifted after officers foil smuggling attempt

Border Patrol agents searching for individuals who fled the scene

Update: 3:13 p.m.

YUMA, Ariz. (KYMA, KECY) – Border agents in the Yuma sector say several undocumented immigrants attempted to flee in a Yuma neighborhood, causing nearby schools to be locked down.

On Tuesday morning, U.S. Border Patrol agents noticed a vehicle carrying several people, then the group and driver attempted to hide around the area off Palo Verde and 2 1/2 Avenue E.

11 undocumented immigrants and 2 drivers were apprehended and are now in US Border Patrol custody.

The school lockdown was then lifted.


YUMA, Ariz. (KYMA, KECY) — Two elementary schools in Yuma were closed after Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents pursued a cargo vehicle on Tuesday.

As officers pursued the vehicle, the suspect(s) inside fled on foot.

James B. Rolle Elementary School and Yuma Lutheran School were then placed under quarantine for student safety as a precaution.

The Yuma Police Department (YPD) is currently assisting officers with the case as Border Patrol agents continue to monitor the area.

We contacted the US Border Patrol for more information.

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