Tucson, Ariz. - Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents have seen an increase during the past few weeks in the number of incidents involving smugglers concealing illegal aliens in vehicle trunks. It's dangerous and has proven fatal in some cases.
"Trunk smuggling" is an age-old method of concealing contraband - or people - in a vehicle's trunk in hopes the crime will go undetected by law enforcement. Our experienced agents have engaged in targeted enforcement operations which resulted in the rescue of 25 illegal aliens locked in vehicle trunks throughout the state last month.
Trunk smuggling illustrates the disregard smugglers have for human life. Often, illegal immigrants learn this the hard way after they agree to be smuggled into the United States. Entering the country illegally is inherently dangerous; even more so when individuals partner with profit-focused smugglers.
"The Border Patrol recognizes the dangers associated with human smuggling," said Manuel Padilla, Jr., Deputy Chief Patrol Agent Tucson Sector Border Patrol. "We stand ready with our partners to identify, target and dismantle these criminal organizations that pose a risk to citizens on both sides of the border."
CBP 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.