Border agents bust multiple human smuggling operations


The U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced Tuesday that border agents assigned to border checkpoints in Arizona had arrested eight people in two separate incidents of human smuggling attempts over the weekend.

In both cases, smugglers (all U.S. citizens) were trying to bring illegal aliens into the United States in the trunks of their vehicles.

At an immigration checkpoint near Three Points on Saturday evening, a dog alerted the agent that something was wrong while they were inspecting a 2006 Nissan Maxima. When agents opened the trunk, they found two adult men from Guatemala hiding there.

On Sunday afternoon, agents working at the Willcox Station immigration checkpoint near Huachuca City discovered three illegal alien Mexican men, ages, 18, 34 and 38, hiding in a trunk. Agents arrested two U.S. citizens, a 49-year-old man and a 47-year-old woman, for the smuggling attempt.

The vehicles were confiscated in both cases.

Below is the official news release from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection:

Immigration Checkpoints Help Stop Two Human Smugglers

Release Date:
September 12, 2017

TUCSON, Ariz. – Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Tucson and Willcox stations arrested eight people in connection with two human smuggling attempts at separate immigration checkpoints during the weekend.

Agents working at the immigration checkpoint on Highway 86, near Three Points, referred driver of a 2006 Nissan Maxima for a secondary inspection Saturday evening. After a canine alerted to an odor it was trained to detect, agents opened the vehicle’s trunk and discovered two adult Guatemalan men.

In another incident Sunday afternoon, Willcox Station agents working at the immigration checkpoint on Highway 90 near Huachuca City arrested two U.S. citizens, a 49-year-old man and a 47 year-old woman, after finding they were transporting three male Mexican nationals in the trunk of a Ford Taurus. The men, ages 18, 34 and 38, were illegally present in the country.

The three U.S. citizens suspected of smuggling were arrested and both vehicles were seized. The undocumented immigrants are being processed for immigration violations.

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