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Alien Smuggling Stopped at Border Patrol Checkpoints

Release Date: 
March 3, 2015

TUCSON, Ariz. – Agents working at Tucson Sector Border Patrol checkpoints thwarted two recent attempts to smuggle illegal immigrants in vehicle trunks. 

Sunday evening, a canine at the SR-80 checkpoint alerted to a Chrysler 300 during an immigration inspection. Agents then discovered an undocumented Mexican national in the vehicle’s trunk who stated he did not know how to open the trunk in case of an emergency.

In another incident Feb. 27, Nogales Station agents working at the I-19 checkpoint found two Mexican immigrants in the trunk of a white Nissan sedan following a canine alert. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Interstate 19 traffic checkpoint located a pair of illegal aliens within the trunk of a smuggling vehicle

Agents seized both vehicles and charged the drivers, both U.S. citizens, with alien smuggling. All undocumented subjects will be processed according to Tucson Sector Guidelines.

Checkpoints effectively restrict major routes of egress from the border, hindering smugglers’ ability to move people, drugs and other contraband further into the United States.  Canine teams maximize checkpoint efficiency by detecting illegal immigrants traveling in dangerous situations.


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February 9, 2017