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.
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.
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