Human smugglers apprehended at Border Patrol checkpoint

Human smugglers apprehended at Border Patrol checkpoint

CREATED Mar 13, 2012

Web Producer: Ina Ronquillo

TUBAC, Ariz. (KGUN9-TV) - Agents with the Border Patrol detected two illegal immigrants concealed in the trunk of a vehicle and arrested two male U.S. citizens at the Interstate 19 checkpoint Monday night..

According to a media release, a Border Patrol canine team alerted to a vehicle which was sent to secondary inspection where the driver and passenger were asked to exit the vehicle.

Agents discovered two individuals hiding in the trunk of the vehicle.  An inspection of the trunk also revealed there were no internal release levers or mechanisms that would allow a person to exit.

The illegal immigrants found in the truck were taken to the Nogales Station and will be processed for removal.  Both U.S. citizens are being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for alien smuggling.