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Technology Thwarts Human Smuggler at Immigration Checkpoint

Release Date: 
March 11, 2019

TUCSON, Ariz. – Nogales Station Border Patrol agents working at the Interstate 19 immigration checkpoint utilized x-ray technology to disrupt the smuggling of three men Friday morning.

Agents at the I-19 immigration checkpoint discoveed three persons in the backseat area of a vehicle being inspected
Agents at the I-19 immigration
checkpoint discovered three
persons in the backseat area of
a vehicle being inspected

At approximately 10:45 a.m., agents working the primary immigration inspection lane referred the driver of a flatbed tow truck hauling a Chevy Silverado for a secondary inspection. 

Utilizing x-ray technology, agents detected anomalies in the cab of the Silverado atop the flatbed. A subsequent search of the vehicle revealed three individuals stacked atop one another in an attempt to conceal themselves.   

The three men, identified as Mexican nationals illegally present in the United States, were arrested and will be processed for immigration violations. The smuggler will be prosecuted for human smuggling.

Investment in technology allows Border Patrol agents to increase the ability to deter, detect, identify and resolve dangerous smuggling attempts by transnational criminal organizations.

Last modified: 
June 25, 2019