Armed Tucson Man Arrested for Human Smuggling
TUCSON, Ariz. –Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents near Huachuca City arrested a U.S. citizen from Tucson attempting to smuggle three Mexican nationals and a Guatemalan national into the United States on Tuesday.
During a vehicle stop on a silver Nissan Sentra, agents discovered the 25-year-old male driver was transporting four foreign nationals, each illegally present in the United States. The driver, previously convicted in Pima County for disorderly conduct, was in possession of a Taurus .357 Magnum handgun, which agents discovered on the vehicle’s front passenger seat.
All five people were transported to the Willcox Border Patrol Station. The foreign nationals will be processed for immigration violations, and the driver will face smuggling charges. The handgun, six rounds of ammunition, and the vehicle were seized.
All persons apprehended by the Border Patrol undergo criminal history checks using biometrics to ensure illegal immigrants with criminal histories are positively identified.
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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.