Undocumented migrants discovered hiding in Benson High School parking lot
BENSON — Benson police officers responded to a call around 9:15 p.m. Friday involving undocumented immigrants hiding under cars in the Benson High School parking lot, according to Police Chief Paul Moncada.
“Officers found a vehicle with a U.S. citizen and a passenger, along with three UDAs (undocumented aliens) who were detained,” the chief said. “Three other UDAs ran north from the school.”
Benson Police officers and Cochise County Sheriff’s Office deputies searched for the three who fled on foot, but could not find them, Moncada said through an email message.
“Border Patrol was contacted regarding the incident, and gave an hour ETA (estimated time of arrival).”
After the hour passed, Border Patrol was recontacted and gave another one-hour ETA, Moncada said.
Benson PD then reached out to a Border Patrol agent who was in the area. The agent contacted a supervisor who advised that Border Patrol would not respond. At that point, all three detained subjects were released, Moncada said.