TUCSON, Ariz. – Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents recently stopped a human-smuggling attempt at the immigration checkpoint near Amado and another one during a vehicle stop near Three Points.
The first encounter occurred Monday (March 27) near Three Points when agents saw a woman, later identified as a U.S. citizen, in a 2001 Chevrolet Impala picking up three men north of the Border Patrol immigration checkpoint on State Route 286. When agents stopped the vehicle for an immigration inspection, one passenger fled into the desert on foot. Agents then looked in the vehicle’s trunk and discovered two male Mexican nationals inside.
A second smuggling attempt was thwarted when agents at the immigration checkpoint near Amado referred a male U.S. citizen in a 2004 Audi A6 for a secondary inspection, subsequent to a canine alert. Agents then found a male Mexican national concealed in the trunk.
Both incidents resulted in the U.S. citizens being arrested for human smuggling. The Mexican nationals are in custody pending removal proceedings in accordance with Tucson Sector guidelines.
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.