Agents referred a silver Chevrolet Impala with three visible occupants for an additional inspection after a Border Patrol canine alerted to the vehicle. As agents were directing the vehicle to the secondary inspection area, the driver abruptly turned and continued north on the Interstate. Agents pursued the vehicle, which stopped north of the checkpoint, and found one undocumented adult male Mexican national hiding in the trunk.
Agents arrested the driver and two passengers, all adult U.S. citizens, for human smuggling.
The Mexican national found in the trunk was arrested for immigration violations and will be processed 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.