An agent referred a 2008 Dodge Caravan for a secondary inspection Friday evening after a Border Patrol canine alerted to an odor it was trained to detect. Upon further inspection, agents discovered three adult male Mexican nationals under the van’s floorboard.
A second smuggling attempt was stopped Sunday evening after an agent referred a 2005 Nissan Maxima for a secondary inspection. Upon opening the trunk, agents found two adult Mexican nationals inside.
The drivers, a 55-year-old man and a 28-year-old woman, both U.S. citizens, were arrested for smuggling illegal immigrants. The five Mexican nationals, ranging ages 21-35, are being processed for immigration violations. Both vehicles were seized.
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.