TUCSON, Ariz. – Nogales Station Border Patrol agents assigned to the Interstate 19 immigration checkpoint near Arivaca arrested a 57-year-old Tucson woman Monday evening for transporting an undocumented Mexican woman in her vehicle.
A Border Patrol agent conducting immigration inspections at the primary vehicle lane questioned the two female occupants of a 2017 Ford Fiesta and subsequently referred them for a secondary inspection. During further questioning, agents identified the passenger as a 27-year-old Mexican national illegally present in the country.
Agents arrested the driver, a U.S. citizen, for human smuggling and are processing the passenger for immigration violations 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.