TUCSON, Ariz. – Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents working at an immigration checkpoint near Three Points, Arizona apprehended two illegal Guatemalans…one locked in a trunk.
Agents working at the immigration inspection checkpoint on Nov. 21 asked the driver of a Nissan Maxima for permission to search the vehicle’s trunk. After the driver consented, agents discovered a Guatemalan national locked inside. Agents also determined that a passenger inside the vehicle was an unaccompanied juvenile, also from Guatemala. Agents arrested the driver, a U.S. citizen, and the two Guatemalan nationals.
Federal law allows the Border Patrol to charge individuals by complaint, a method that allows the filing of charges for criminal activity without inferring guilt. An individual is presumed innocent unless and until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
Customs and Border Protection welcomes assistance from the community. Citizens can report suspicious activity to the Border Patrol by calling 1-877-872-7435 toll free. All calls will be answered and remain anonymous.
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.