Four Trunk Smuggling Attempts within 8 Hours
TUCSON, Ariz. –Border Patrol agents arrested five U.S. citizens, three Guatemalan, 1 Honduran, and six Mexican nationals during four separate alien smuggling attempts Wednesday.
Wednesday morning, Sonoita Station agents extricated a U.S. citizen driver and passenger, along with two Mexican nationals, from an Infinity Q50 after the driver fled from agents and crashed into a culvert on State Route 83. Agents discovered an additional Mexican and Honduran national locked in the vehicle’s trunk. All of the occupants were transported to a local hospital for evaluation.
A couple hours later, agents from the Tucson Station stopped a Honda Civic and a Nissan Maxima on Highway 286. During the immigration inspection of the occupants, agents determined the U.S. citizen drivers from both vehicles were each smuggling a Mexican and Guatemalan national in the trunks of their vehicles.
Late that afternoon, agents working at the Nogales Border Patrol Immigration Checkpoint, discovered a Mexican and Guatemalan national smuggled in the trunk of a Chrysler 200.
The U.S. citizen drivers were arrested and charged for alien smuggling. The ten illegal aliens, ranging in age from 17 to 40, were 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.