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.