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.
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.
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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.