TUCSON, Ariz. – Sonoita Border Patrol agents working at the immigration checkpoint on State Route 83 discovered a male Mexican national concealed in the trunk of a black 2005 Mercury Montego on Monday afternoon.
The smuggling attempt was foiled when agents referred the driver, a 25-year-old Tucson woman, for a secondary inspection of the vehicle. When agents opened the car’s trunk, they discovered an 18-year-old male Mexican national inside.
The driver was arrested for human smuggling, while the Mexican teen is being processed for immigration violations.
Concealing humans in car trunks is a common tactic used by smugglers, even though their cargo could suffocate, suffer heat stroke or hypothermia, or injury from vehicle collisions.
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.