Human Smuggling Attempt Stopped at Immigration Checkpoint
TUCSON, Ariz. – Nogales Station Border Patrol agents arrested two U.S. citizens Thursday for attempting to smuggle a male Mexican national through the immigration checkpoint on Interstate 19, near Amado.
During the primary immigration inspection, the rear passenger presented agents with a U.S. passport identifying what appeared to be a different individual. Agents referred the driver to secondary inspection and, upon further review, determined the documents were fraudulent.
Agents arrested the driver and a front passenger for human smuggling, while the rear passenger was arrested for immigration violations.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.