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

‘He’s the kind of neighbor you’d like to have’

The Hargraves are not the only ones who consider McCoy an outstanding, trustworthy, hard-working young man who has contributed to the community unselfishly, in a myriad of ways. McCoy says he likes to work all the time and can not stand sitting around the house. He performs many tasks for the Hargraves in exchange for room and board and a bit of cash, including helping to care for their considerable menagerie, which includes 11 dogs, 6 horses, 4 cats, a donkey, a brand-new litter of six puppies, as well as chickens, ducks and geese.

Bill Miller, a prominent rancher whose family has been in this area since 1898, hired McCoy to build fences for him. He also allows McCoy to cut firewood on his extensive property, which comprises 8,000 acres.

He said that McCoy is a good worker, who impressed him the first time he met him. In the two and a half months he has known McCoy, Miller said he has learned to trust him, allowing him on the property even if when he is not present.

“He’s the kind of neighbor you’d like to have,” Miller said, adding that McCoy presented himself as someone who built fences. When Miller told him how much he would pay him per mile to do the work, McCoy told him that was too much money. “It made me feel like he was looking out for me too.”

Miller said he believes McCoy’s story, that he was just trying to remove the illegals and to help the Border Patrol.

Because McCoy told BP investigators he planned to cut wood on Bill Miller’s ranch later the day he was arrested, Miller received a call. An agent in Douglas asked Miller if it was true that McCoy was working for him.

“I told them, ‘Yes he was,’” Miller said, adding that he told the agents that McCoy was “a good guy.”

The agent told Miller that McCoy had a chainsaw and a trailer with him when he was arrested. Miller told him McCoy was allowed to cut wood on his ranch.

As an example of why people can be alarmed by the presence of illegal aliens, Miller told the story of what happened when his wife was home alone at their secluded ranch house about two years ago.

“My wife had one walk into this house on her. And he knelt down on the kitchen floor,” Miller recalled. She was in the living room when she heard something and entered the kitchen to investigate. “She told him, ‘Get up and get out.’ He didn’t move.”

Miller’s wife retrieved her .38 Special handgun and returned to the kitchen to point it at him.

“Get out,” she repeated.

“And he understood Smith & Wesson,” Miller said.

One week before McCoy encountered the four border crossers, an illegal alien stole Miller’s pickup truck. The Border Patrol apparently failed to notice that he walked across hundreds of acres of open land, despite a high-powered BP camera mounted on a tall mast, a Mobile Surveillance Camera, which is stationed on the ranch, by arrangement with Miller. The cameras are known to pick up images for at least 13 miles.

But in this case, Miller and his son had to trap the pickup thief themselves and retrieve the vehicle.

“He had his cellphone and I had my .45,” Miller said.

In the case of the illegals that McCoy encountered, Miller said he was told by a BP agent that the images of those men were captured on that surveillance camera. The camera also filmed the loading of the illegals into McCoy’s vehicle. The BP agent operating the camera on-site likely relayed the GPS coordinates of the incident scene, about three miles from the camera, to dispatchers in the nearby stations. It is unclear whether the Border Patrol was first alerted to the presence of this group by the agent operating the camera or by a phone call from a civilian.

Three weeks after McCoy encountered 4 illegals near his house, cowboy Everett Ashurst spotted a group of about 17 illegals in camouflage gear about a half a mile from that scene. [Photo by Huey Freeman].




  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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