TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Border Patrol agents patrolling near Why, Arizona, arrested two U.S. citizens smuggling five Mexican nationals during an immigration traffic stop Thursday morning.
Two of the five Mexican nationals were found inside the car’s trunk.
The U.S citizen driver and front passenger, Arizona women ages 25 and 27, were arrested along with the five Mexican nationals, and the vehicle was seized. The two Arizona women are facing federal human smuggling charges while the five Mexican nationals are being processed for immigration violations.
U.S. Border Patrol officials warn that placing humans in a vehicle’s trunk can be extremely dangerous or fatal. These dangers, including carbon monoxide poisoning and the risks posed by a vehicle collision, increase when people are placed inside compartments, such as trailers and trunks, to avoid detection by law enforcement officials.
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.