Two U.S. Teens Arrested in Large Big Rig Human Smuggling Attempt
Tucson, AZ – Agents from U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) arrested two teens in connection with a big rig human smuggling attempt on Wednesday night in Arizona.
According to CBP, agents from the Tucson sector conducted an immigration related traffic stop on a white semi-truck around 10 p.m. on State Route 80 near mile marker 371.
Agents discovered the driver and the truck’s passenger — both U.S. citizens — were juveniles.
Additionally, officials discovered 22 Mexican nationals and one Guatemalan national packed together inside the truck.
However, authorities did not give any further detail as to how this was accomplished.
It was determined all were illegally present in the country.
The ages of the migrants ranged from 16 to 69.
CPB reported one Mexican national in the group had a history of “extensive immigration violations” and was processed as such.
The remaining migrants were expelled from the U.S. and the truck’s driver and passenger were both arrested.
This is the latest in the ongoing big rig border battle at the United States/Mexico border.
CBP says that human smuggling operations using semi-trucks is increasing even amid the COVID-19 border restriction policies.
Last month, CBP agents disrupted multiple big rig human smuggling operations in the last couple weeks.
Read about some of them HERE.