TUCSON, Ariz. – Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents recently removed nine individuals locked in a rental truck.
Early Oct. 16, Nogales agents at the I-19 checkpoint encountered a rental truck towing a Toyota pickup truck. After the driver consented to a search of the rental truck, agents opened the latched cargo door and discovered nine illegal immigrants – eight from Mexico and one from Guatemala. There was no means of escape available to immigrants locked inside.
All individuals were taken into custody and processed in accordance with Tucson Sector guidelines.
The driver, a United States citizen, will be prosecuted for alien smuggling.
Unscrupulous smugglers have no regard for human life and often place illegal immigrants in precarious situations. Border Patrol values lives and continues to work diligently to disrupt and dismantle transnational criminal organizations who put lives in danger each day.
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.