US flag Official website of the Department of Homeland Security

Canine Detects 3 Illegal Aliens Hiding in Trunk at Immigration Checkpoint

Release Date: 
February 16, 2021

YUMA, Ariz. – A Yuma Sector canine alerted to a vehicle in which three Mexican nationals were found hiding in the trunk on Thursday at the Interstate 8 immigration checkpoint.

Hiding
Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents discovered 
with a help of their canine three illegal aliens
in the trunk of a vehicle Thursday.

Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the checkpoint encountered a Chrysler sedan at approximately 7:45 a.m. Agents referred the vehicle to the checkpoint’s secondary inspection area due to the suspicious behavior of the driver and passenger.

While in secondary, a canine alerted to the vehicle. A search of the vehicle revealed three Mexican nationals hiding in the vehicle’s trunk. A fourth Mexican national was also discovered hiding on the floorboard behind the driver and passenger seat; however, he exited the vehicle with the driver and passenger prior to the canine sniff.

In addition, agents found a loaded handgun, and personal use amounts of methamphetamine, narcotic pills, marijuana and drug paraphernalia. The driver and passenger, U.S. citizens from California, were arrested and the drugs, paraphernalia and vehicle were seized. The four Mexican nationals were transported to the Wellton Station for further processing.

Smugglers have no regard for human life as evidenced by this recent alien smuggling event. Three adult men were crammed into the trunk of this sedan with little room to move. Smugglers will take whatever measures necessary to avoid detection by Border Patrol agents working checkpoints like this one.

-USBP-

Follow us on social media:

Facebook – US Border Patrol Yuma Sector

Instagram – @USBPChiefYUM

Twitter – @USBPChiefYUM and @USBPDepChiefYUM

Careers – https://sforce.co/3nFsNbZ

Last modified: 
February 16, 2021