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Dangerous Smuggling Attempts Stopped

Release Date: 
March 17, 2015

TUCSON, Ariz. – Agents working at the I-19 Tucson Sector Border Patrol checkpoint arrested three suspects and discovered five individuals inside vehicle trunks during separate incidents last week.

Dodge Neon with two individuals in the trunk, is discovered by Border Patrol agents at the Interstate 19 traffic checkpoint

Dodge Neon with two individuals in the trunk, is discovered by Border Patrol agents at the Interstate 19 traffic checkpoint.

On March 11, an agent assigned to primary inspection referred the driver of a Dodge Avenger to secondary and discovered an undocumented Mexican national inside the vehicle’s trunk.

On March 13, agents at the checkpoint referred a Dodge Neon for a secondary inspection and discovered two Mexican nationals inside the vehicle’s trunk.

The next day, agents arrested the driver of a Chevrolet Cruze after discovering two Mexican nationals, including one juvenile, inside the trunk of a rental vehicle.

Several of the subjects removed from the vehicles stated they had no knowledge of the trunk release mechanism. Although none of the persons involved were injured, traveling with a person in the trunk of a moving vehicle is dangerous due to heat, the possibility of a vehicle accident, or other unforeseen circumstances.

Agents processed all vehicles, drivers and undocumented subjects in accordance with Tucson Sector guidelines.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017