Man Arrested for Attempting to Smuggle Mexican Nationals into the U.S. in Trunk

Man Arrested for Attempting to Smuggle Mexican Nationals into the U.S. in Trunk

TUCSON, Ariz. – A U.S. Citizen who was convicted of numerous unrelated felonies was arrested at the I-19 immigration checkpoint in Arizona for human smuggling.

Customs Border Patrol (CBP) officials said that the 36-year-old Phoenix, Arizona man was arrested at the checkpoint, near Amado on Wednesday, March 27, 2019. The driver of the 2018 Kia sedan was sent to secondary inspection after the service canine alerted officers to an scent coming from the vehicle.

During the secondary search, three Mexican nationals were found concealed in the trunk of the vehicle. The three, aged 29 to 38-years-old were arrested and transported to the Nogales Border Patrol Station for processing on immigration violations.

The U.S. citizen driver, was also transported to the station where a criminal record and biometrics check revealed he had been convicted of several felonies including, aggravated assault, possession of a controlled substance, and marijuana transportation and possession charges. He now faces human smuggling charges and will remain in custody pending disposition of this case.

As temperatures continue to rise, Border Patrol officials warn that Arizona’s high temperatures can kill humans riding in the trunk of a car. Other dangers include carbon monoxide poisoning and the risk of serious injury or death from a vehicle collision.

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