Naco, Ariz. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers stopped a human smuggling attempt when they found a woman hiding in a trunk of a vehicle.
On January 10 at about 7 p.m. CBP officers were screening travelers when they became suspicious of a 2006 Hyundai being driven by a 49-year-old woman from Bisbee, Ariz. CBP officers searched the vehicle. As the CBP officers opened the trunk to investigate further, they discovered a woman who had been hiding in the trunk covered with a blanket, in hopes to enter the United Sates undetected. The woman was identified as a 26-year-old Mexican national and resident of Naco, Sonora, Mexico.
CBP officers seized the vehicle for alien smuggling. The Mexican national was processed in accordance with the Immigration and Nationality Act and returned to Mexico. The Bisbee woman was turned over to the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement for further investigation and possible prosecution.
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.