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Human Smugglers Apprehended at Border Patrol Checkpoint

Release Date: 
March 13, 2012

TUCSON, ARIZ.—Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents detected two illegal immigrants concealed in the trunk of a vehicle and arrested two male U.S. citizens at the Interstate 19 checkpoint last night.

A Border Patrol canine team alerted to a vehicle which was then sent to secondary inspection where the driver and passenger were asked to exit the vehicle. Using non-intrusive inspection technology, agents discovered two individuals hiding in the trunk of the vehicle. An inspection of the trunk also revealed there were no internal release levers or mechanisms that would allow a person to exit. The illegal immigrants hiding in the trunk were taken to the Nogales Station and will be processed for removal. Both U.S. citizens are being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney's Office for alien smuggling.

Checkpoints play a vital role in the Border Patrol's ability to restrict routes of egress from border areas. The use of advanced technology at checkpoints assists Border Patrol agents in quickly detecting smuggling attempts, thereby interfering with the ability of transnational criminal organizations to move people and contraband further into the U.S.

Customs and Border Protection welcomes assistance from the community. Citizens can report suspicious activity and remain anonymous by calling the Border Patrol toll-free at (877) 872-7435.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017