TUCSON, Ariz. –Tucson Station Border Patrol agents arrested a 19-year-old U.S. citizen and three Honduran nationals after uncovering a human smuggling attempt Friday evening at the State Route 86 Immigration Checkpoint near Three Points.
Agents working the primary inspection lane referred the driver of a Chevy Cobalt for secondary inspection. When agents opened the vehicle’s trunk, they found three male Guatemalan nationals who had entered the country illegally.
The driver, a Tucson man, was arrested and charged with human smuggling. He will remain in custody pending a court disposition on the case. The three Guatemalan nationals, ages 18, 20 and 28, will be processed for immigration violations.
Agents also seized the vehicle due to its use as a conveyance in the commission of a crime.
Concealing humans in vehicle trunks is a dangerous practice used by unscrupulous human smugglers and places unsuspecting persons in life threatening situations. Summer temperatures can raise temperatures inside a vehicle’s trunk to 125 degrees; potentially causing heat stroke or death to anyone inside.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.