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BP Stops Dangerous Human Smuggling Attempt

Release Date: 
October 6, 2020

TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Border Patrol agents discovered two illegal immigrants locked in a vehicle’s trunk during an immigration inspection stop near Lukeville, Arizona, Monday night.

Around 6:30 p.m., Tucson Sector agents with a Border Patrol canine conducted a stop on a Dodge Challenger driving north on State Route 85. Following the canine’s alert, agents opened the trunk and discovered two men crammed inside.

Agents discovered two illegal aliens inside of the trunk of a smuggling vehicle
Agents discovered two illegal aliens inside of
the trunk of a smuggling vehicle

Agents immediately provided the men with face masks and placed them in an air-conditioned patrol vehicle. The outside temperature at the time was near 100 degrees.

The U.S. citizen driver was arrested on federal human smuggling charges. The two men, both Mexican nationals illegally present in the United States, were expelled to Mexico under Title 42 authority.

Tucson Sector agents continue to encounter smugglers dangerously treating humans as cargo. Smugglers risk the lives of vulnerable people without regard for their health or safety, putting profit over human life.

For more details regarding this news release, contact the Tucson Sector Public Affairs Office at tca-pao@cbp.dhs.gov or by phone at 520-748-3210. Tucson Sector is also LiveU capable. Contact us to schedule an interview.

Last modified: 
October 6, 2020