Attempted Human Smuggling Stopped at Border

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A Phoenix couple are now facing human smuggling charges after Border Patrol officers discovered a man in the trunk of their vehicle at an Arizona checkpoint.

The incident occurred on Friday, December 1 at an Interstate 19 immigration checkpoint near Amado. Border Patrol agents from the Tucson Sector at the Nogales Station pulled the 22-year-old male driver over for secondary inspection of their Ford Focus. A 21-year-old female passenger was also in the vehicle.

When agents searched the car, they found a 41-year-old man from Mexico hiding in the trunk, as well as a small amount of marijuana and other drug paraphernalia.

The vehicle was seized and the couple was arrested. According to a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol news release, agents learned the man had previously been removed from the U.S. while processing him for immigration violations.

For more information, please visit the official website of U.S. Customs and Border Patrol 

Photo: U.S. Customs and Border Patrol 

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