U.S. Border Patrol agents in the Tucson Sector teamed up with a Missouri National Guard helicopter aircrew to apprehend a group of alleged human smugglers. They attempted to flee when agents initiated a traffic stop. The helicopter engaged in pursuit to bring the incident to a safe and successful close, Breitbart reports.
Operation Guardian Support, three members of the Missouri Guard were joined by a Border Patrol agent near the southern border with Mexico on May 17.
Border Patrol agents watched five suspected illegal aliens getting into a sedan in the desert near Ajo, Arizona. As the Border Patrol agents attempted a traffic stop, the sedan fled — leading the agents in a high-speed pursuit.
The Missouri National Guard UH-72 Lakota and its aircrew consisting of three guardsmen and a Border Patrol agent quickly moved into position to observe the pursuit, officials stated.
The vehicle finally came to a stop and the occupants took off leading to a foot chase by the ground agents. The aircrew monitored from above and guided agents.
Earlier this month RWT reported on the deployment of the UH-72 Lakota Crew being deployed to the southern border.
Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens on Tuesday authorized the deployment of state Army National Guard troops to protect the southern border wall, KSHB Local Kansas City reports.
The embattled Republican governor deployed soldiers and a UH-72 Lakota helicopter to use during missions to aide the U.S. Customs and Border Protection mission to protect the U.S.-Mexico border.
“Missourians are grateful to the President for recognizing the need to secure our borders. We are proud that Missouri troops will play a support role in guarding against terrorism, protecting Americans from cartel violence, and enforcing our immigration laws.”
National Guard members will be in a support role, and not conducting law enforcement missions, the governor’s office said. The Missouri Guardsmen will provide aerial surveillance. RWT Report
The four soldiers and the helicopter are not allowed to participate in any form of “law enforcement or border enforcement” but are allowed to provide aerial surveillance.
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