TUCSON, ARIZ.—Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents manning southern checkpoints stopped two human-smuggling attempts in the last 72 hours.
Sunday afternoon, Tucson Station agents working the SR 286 checkpoint discovered two Mexican nationals hidden inside a GMC pickup after a canine team alerted to the vehicle. One person was found lying behind the front seat; the other was locked inside a toolbox mounted to the bed of the truck.
Tuesday night, Nogales Station agents working on I-19 arrested two United States citizens when agents discovered two illegal immigrants in the trunk of a Ford Focus.
In both cases the smugglers were arrested and now face federal prosecution. Those determined to be in the country illegally were apprehended and face removal proceedings.
Border Patrol checkpoints act as a force-multiplier by adding an additional layer of defense to stop criminal organizations from smuggling humans and contraband into the United States.
The Border Patrol appreciates the public's patience while traveling through checkpoints and encourages citizens to report any suspected smuggling activity.
Customs and Border Protection welcomes assistance from the community. Citizens can report suspicious activity to the Border Patrol and remain anonymous by calling (877) 872-7435 toll free.
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.