Two Men Arrested Smuggling Salvadorian National in Trunk
TUCSON, Ariz. – Casa Grande agents arrested two U.S. citizens, after finding a Salvadorian national in the trunk of their vehicle Sunday evening during a secondary inspection at the Federal Route 15 Immigration Checkpoint near Casa Grande.
Agents working the primary inspection lane referred two male occupants of a Mazda sedan for a secondary inspection. When agents opened the vehicle’s trunk, they discovered a 24-year-old man from El Salvador hiding, who had entered the country illegally.
Agents arrested the U.S. citizens, identified as a 51-year-old driver and a 25-year-old passenger, on human smuggling charges and seized the vehicle. Both men will remain in custody pending a court’s disposition on their charges. The Salvadorian national, also arrested, was processed for immigration violations.
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.