Borderland handyman faces prison term for removing illegal aliens from neighbor’s property

Billy Grossman (left) greets Derrick McCoy outside Grossman's house after McCoy was arrested for removing illegal aliens from his property. [Photo by Huey Freeman]

PORTAL — Derrick McCoy, a 20-year-old handyman who moved to the southeast corner of Arizona in July, was planning to spend his Saturday hiking and cutting firewood with his girlfriend.

But when his neighbor sent him a text message at about 8:30 a.m. on Nov. 11, asking him to respond to a call from a local woman who spotted four illegal aliens dressed in camouflage gear near her home, McCoy put on his boots and drove to the scene.

The four men had been spotted in front of the home of Billy and Anna Grossman, his nearby neighbors who had asked McCoy to watch their property while they were out of town.

A short time after McCoy had a brief encounter with the four men, he loaded them up in his medium-sized SUV to turn them over to Border Patrol. As he tried to complete this action, he was taken into custody by Border Patrol agents, interviewed at the Douglas station, thrown into solitary confinement for two days, then held in federal custody for three days in crowded, inhumane conditions in Tucson and Florence.

McCoy is facing federal charges of Transportation of Illegal Aliens for Profit. An assistant federal public defender told him shortly after his arrest that he will likely receive three to five years in prison if convicted of the felony charges.

The heart of the case against McCoy is that two of the illegals allegedly told Border Patrol that they offered him “$200 to transport them to a town where they could get food, and he agreed” and he told them “to get down” when they “passed Border Patrol.”

These allegations are stated in a criminal complaint filed by the Border Patrol Monday, Nov. 13, in U.S. District Court, Tucson.

McCoy denies that he ever told the illegal aliens to “get down.” He said his only intentions in putting them in his vehicle was to remove them from his neighborhood and turn them over to Border Patrol as quickly as possible.

Although he also denies that he specifically agreed to accept $200 from them, he admits that he pretended to be driving them to Tucson, in order to keep them calm and protect himself as he drove them to the Border Patrol.

The complaint relies on the testimony of two of the illegal aliens for the majority of its evidence.

They were in his vehicle for a total of about two minutes. During that time the illegals — which apparently included only one English speaker — told Border Patrol agents they heard several things that McCoy said. Most of their allegations defy the common sense of anyone who heard McCoy’s side of the story.

David Robinson texted McCoy, sending him to the scene where illegal aliens were spotted by a female neighbor. [Video by Huey Freeman]

When McCoy asked the illegals where they were going, while holding them at gunpoint, the man who spoke English responded.

“They said they were going to Tucson,” McCoy recalled. They were about 100 yards away from McCoy’s house at that time. “I told them to get into the vehicle. I was going to take them to Border Patrol in Rodeo. They got in the very back of the vehicle and laid down. They kept asking me if I was going to take them to Tucson. I kept telling them, ‘yeah, yeah, whatever.’”

After he drove about a half mile, turning westbound onto Many Wells Road leading to State Highway 80, a contingent of Border Patrol agents sped toward him on the dirt road. McCoy said he stopped as soon as possible, exited from his car, and told a female agent that illegals were in his vehicle.

Border Patrol agents reported a different story, in which McCoy tried to conceal the fact that four grown men were sitting in his cramped vehicle. This allegedly occurred in broad daylight, in the presence of many agents.

Although McCoy insisted that he was innocent of the felony charges, his Tucson-based lawyer, an assistant federal public defender, sent McCoy a plea deal from the U.S. Attorney’s Office one week after he was released on bond. The plea offer states that he would receive four points out of 12 for pleading guilty and accepting responsibility for his crime.

There is no mention in the eight-page plea agreement as to what the four-point offer means in terms of an actual sentence.

However, it clearly states that he is facing up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted.

On Thursday, Dec. 7, the assistant public defender came to McCoy’s house to try to persuade him to plead guilty, in exchange for a possible sentence of a three-year probation term and a felony conviction. McCoy insisted that he is innocent and rejected the offer. He is in the process of seeking another attorney to represent him.




  3. The border patrol has no buissness arresting american citizens and putting them in solitary confinement without giving them the right to legal representation. The aliens “turned” on the american at the request of the federal agents. Nazi tactics!

    • ON the point of confinement – agree 100% – if found otherwise I would hope those BP personal responsible be held to the fire. They are there for a reason, that being protection of the United States. I believe they do a great job, the majority of the time, against a very mixed set of orders of action coming from the government that is broken. Arrest them, no don’t, let them go, no keep them… what do they want. That’s a huge part of this battle.

      The other part is as RON points out, these drugs coming are as obvious… to ________ and we have the resources to see them, as we do in Pakistan, Afghanistan etc. Mexico as well; Spray them, bomb them, done them.. fight the war – win. This Tom and Jerry cartoon as gone on for my life time, doing the same thing over and over expecting different results just plain ol stupid.

  4. I live right there, and know most of those people. The area is a wide-open drug smuggling corridor and these guys in camo were certainly mules that had dropped their loads and are only then “illegal aliens.” They come up the Peloncillo mountains on the east side of the valley and then offload to a vehicle on one of these remote roads at night. The vehicle departs and the mules scatter. The Douglas BP does not leave the main roads (Route 80) at night. I personally have witnessed two drug offloads near my own home, called BP and been told it’s not their “protocol” to respond off the main roads after dark. The BP doesn’t speak to people out here, us being mere peasants. This is foolish because the local ranchers and other folks in remote locales know a lot more than they do about drug trafficking in the area. I suppose that information is not useful to them since they work bankers hours and the smugglers work the graveyard shift. In essence, people here (in the Douglas BP zone) generally don’t call the BP. They won’t talk to us even when they know armed men are loose in the area. Locals have learned to ignore the traffickers and deal with issues on their own if the situation becomes threatening. That’s what this kid did, he rounded them up himself. Somebody who had lived here a while would not have loaded them in a vehicle because that is a technical violation of the law. And somebody familiar with the attitude of the BP here would have known the BP is not on his side.

      • None that I know of. Any outdoor grow in this dry country would stand out like a whore in church from the air. The big problem is that the Douglas BP has ceded everything off the main road to the narco cartels. That’s a problem for those of us who live here. If you drove through here during bankers hours you’d see BP everywhere. But, once off the main road (or after dark anywhere) you won’t see them. The BP (at least here in Douglas) are bureaucrats, not cops.

        • Dang What Again – who buys the drugs? Its starting to sound like you? Your old album needle is stuck on stupid..

        • I don’t care, and I’m sure most don’t care, who buys the drugs. It’s *mostly* weed after all that gets packed in by foot. The problem is that the border patrol should work the border, and put 75% of their strength out there after dark. They don’t. They work weekdays manning checkpoints on main roads so they are visible – security theater if you will. The border is wide open (especially after dark) and even those main roads don’t get much action because the smugglers know there are no checkpoints at night, so they move when the BP is closed for business. And AGAIN, they have ceded the rural areas to the drug cartels with this policy, putting people who live here at risk. Once you leave the main roads anywhere near the border you are in Mexico. The county police are 90 miles away in Bisbee, and the Border Patrol who should be working out here are home in bed.

  5. Billy B right becomes opportunity when he accepts money from these guys. Did he accept any money? I believe it will be up to the Judge to decide. I also believe it’s the Border Patrols job to arrest Illegals, not American Citizens. That’s the local law enforcements job. The real question is who is lying and who is telling the truth? So far there are many people saying good things about the young man in question. Are we to believe that these people are also opportunists?

  6. Number one, the Border Patrol did not do their job. Which is to stop Illegals from crossing the border. Number two, if illegals are wearing camo it is because they were carrying drugs. Number three if there is someone who does not respect our laws here and they are stealing peoples vehicles, breaking into peoples houses and putting your property, animals, belongings and family in danger, we as Americans have the right to stop these people. This is a moral obligation. Watching out for your neighbors family and property. Border Patrol is just like the Police or Sheriff, they are always there too late, if they show up at all. I blame the border patrol, the leadership of the border patrol and the people giving illegals more rights than citizens. Build the damn wall!

    • Mike, agree, but where does – right become opportunity ? Did this young man see a quick money idea go bad, in minutes. His word against theirs… camo’n drugs, I’d agree as well.

      • Once again, trying to diffuse that if the illegals hadn’t invaded our country, there could be no opportunity. To you, it’s always the American’s fault or the reason for the problem.

        • What’s your problem now “WHAT AGAIN” oh the young man was ‘pure as the driven snow’ no way he could have done that – that the Mexican’s were here ‘irrelevant to the discussion’ did the young man assist the IA? or was he really turning them in – that’s what it’s about, but all you can think in one short moment is IA, IA, IA because your an anti Mexican anything, I used to agree with lots you said, but your just an old bigot…. dang hoot you are.

  7. Did this happen the way the young man says it did – I don’t think that they’ll ever know with any certainty. Sentence – I think he’ll end up with probation – but a record; fair? That’s impossible to determine – If he had found say 200 lbs of pot, picked it up and taken it to BP shop, but instead been stopped en-route he would have been arrested for trafficking… probably found guilty. Oh I just wanted to take you the drugs… while it could be true, it could be stupid first. Why didn’t he call BP? I have IA at “x” location – come here now! I’m sure they get those calls, how long to respond? Did he take them because BP does not respond ? Lots of questions to be answered – which I would say should influence the nature of the charge against this young man. Maybe he was looking for a few bucks, made the wrong choice… impossible? Hardly… Come on now What Again – I’m sure you have plenty of waaa waaaa waaaaa 🙂

  8. Build the DAMN WALL now! Put the National Guard on the Border like the Constitution says and STOP this non-sense!

  9. What is right is wrong. And what is wrong is right. An american citizen incarcerated over the testimony of an illegal alien. Does not compute.

    • It does to Wannabe Mexicans like Billy B. To him, these are his comprades, Mexico is the moral equivalence to America, in fact, he says this is rightfully their land. After the recent incident where a Border Patrol was assaulted, kicked in the head, he justified the assailant.

      • What Again, still playing with yourself in public, Making false accusations – it’s what you like to do – self realization for your warped mind. You sense of reality is ‘broken’. As to your accusation ; I noted that in reading the story as written the BP was probably kicked in the head pulling the IA off the wall trying to go back over to avoid arrest, thus his head would have been next to the perps foot thus the event occurred… is this 100% fact – don’t know that, but it is a plausible manner in which this happen. OF course you and your fat headed manner assumed something different to ‘your anti-Mexican liking’ look in the mirror you may be the ugly American… hmmmm..

  10. Wouldn’t a big beautiful wall have prevented this whole mess?
    Build the wall…

    The Oracle

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