Agents Arrest Six in Two Smuggling Events
TUCSON, Ariz. – Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents from the Nogales and Willcox stations working immigration checkpoint operations, interdicted two human smuggling attempts. The interdictions resulted in the arrest of four United States citizens and two Mexican nationals illegally present in the United States.
Yesterday, agents at the Interstate 19 checkpoint north of Tubac, referred two men in a Nissan Altima to the secondary inspection area. During the search, agents found an illegal immigrant from Mexico concealed in the trunk. The driver and passenger of the vehicle were arrested for smuggling and the Mexican national is pending removal proceedings.
In a separate incident Wednesday morning, agents at the immigration checkpoint on State Route 80 near Tombstone, referred a Toyota Corolla to the secondary inspection after a canine alert. During the search agents found an illegal immigrant from Mexico concealed in the trunk. The driver and passenger were arrested for smuggling and the Mexican national is pending removal proceedings.
Federal law allows the Border Patrol to charge individuals by complaint, a method that allows the filing of charges for criminal activity without inferring guilt. An individual is presumed innocent unless and until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
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.