TUCSON, Ariz. – Nogales Station Border Patrol agents arrested a male U.S. citizen Tuesday night at the Interstate 19 Immigration Checkpoint after discovering a smuggling attempt of two Mexican nationals in a stolen vehicle.
Agents referred the driver and passenger of a Dodge Ram for a secondary immigration inspection. While questioning the two, agents noticed a third person hiding under the rear bench seat. Agents determined the passenger and individual under the rear seat were both Mexican nationals illegally present in the country, and that the Dodge Ram was reported stolen.
Agents arrested the driver, identified as a 33-year-old Kingman, Kansas man, for human smuggling. The undocumented aliens, ages 29 and 44, were arrested for immigration violations. The Dodge Ram was seized and turned over to the Arizona Department of Public Safety.
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.