TUCSON, Ariz. – Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents from the Nogales Station arrested two United States citizens from Tucson, Arizona for smuggling one illegal alien in the trunk of a car stopped at the Interstate 19 immigration checkpoint Thursday evening.
Agents referred the 23-year-old woman driver and 28-year-old female passenger of a 2006 Pontiac G6 to secondary for additional screening after a Border Patrol canine alerted to an odor it was trained to detect. When agents opened the trunk to investigate, they found a Mexican national concealed inside.
Agents arrested the two United States Citizens for human smuggling and seized the vehicle. The 23-year-old male Mexican national will be processed for immigration violations in accordance with Tucson Sector guidelines.
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.