A group of 325 Central Americans apprehended near Lukeville

TUCSON —  A group of 325 Central Americans were detected by U.S. Border Patrol agents after the group illegally entered the country and surrendered to agents west of Lukeville.

The group was discovered by a U.S. Customs and Border Protection  Air and Marine Operations helicopter, investigating a possible campfire spotted by a surveillance camera, said a  CBP statement.

The large group entered the country illegally in an area where there is only a vehicle barrier designed to prevent crossings, the release said.

The Central Americans told Border Patrol agents that “buses and trucks dropped them off throughout the night on Mexico’s Federal Highway 2 that parallels the U.S. border less than 50 yards from this area,” the release said. Once the entire group arrived, they crossed together at 8 a.m. to await authorities. The group consisted of individuals and family units from Central America and included nearly 150 juveniles, 32 of whom were unaccompanied.”

Agents patrolling other areas had to be reassigned to assist with caring for and transported the group more to the nearest Border Patrol facility for processing.

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