JANUARY 6, 2016

Border Patrol rescues distressed kayakers in Mittry Lake

A Yuma Station Border Patrol boat unit, along with Air and Marine Operations pilots from Yuma Air Branch and Yuma Proving Ground, responded to a Yuma County Sheriff’s Office 911 call regarding two kayakers in distress at Mittry Lake.

After AMO pilots located the kayakers, the Border Patrol’s boat unit retrieved the duo from the lake.

Rural Metro treated both kayakers for hypothermia before releasing them in good health.

Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents effectively combat smuggling organizations attempting to illegally transport people and contraband through southwestern Arizona and California. Citizens can help the Border Patrol and U.S. Customs and Border Protection by calling 1-866-999-8727 toll-free to report suspicious activity. Callers can remain anonymous.

Man with extraditable warrant for sex offenses handed over by Mexican immigration officials

A U.S. Marshal contacted Customs and Border Protection officers Tuesday afternoon to report that Mexican immigration officials were in route to the Port of Lukeville, Arizona, with a U.S. fugitive sex offender wanted in Maricopa County for failure to appear and with $20,000 bound.

At approximately 8:30 p.m., Lance Cody Wallis, a 43-year-old U.S. citizen with a fully extraditable warrant out of Maricopa County, was surrendered to CBP Field Operations officers.  Wallis was held at the port until a Pima County deputy arrived to take custody.

CBP's Office of Field Operations is the primary organization within Homeland Security tasked with an anti-terrorism mission at our nation’s ports. CBP officers screen all people, vehicles and goods entering the United States while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel. Their mission also includes carrying out border-related duties, including narcotics interdiction, enforcing immigration and trade laws, and protecting the nation's food supply and agriculture industry from pests and diseases.