U.S. Trucker Arrested After 31 Mexican Nationals Discovered in Smuggling Attempt
Tucson, AZ – A U.S. truck driver was arrested on September 11, 2019 after 31 Mexican nationals were located inside a tractor-trailer on Interstate 19 near Amado.
U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CPB) said a Border Patrol K-9 alerted authorities to a 2008 Freightliner on the evening of September 11 at the immigration checkpoint on I-19.
The truck was then referred for a secondary inspection, where a scan of the tractor showed humans inside.
Thirty-one Mexican nationals were located inside the trailer.
The illegal aliens, ranging in ages from 15 to 40, were arrested and will be processed for immigration violations, CBP reported.
The truck driver was not named, but identified by authorities as a 40-year-old male and U.S. citizen from Nogales, which is located directly on the Arizona/Mexico border.
Border Crises Continues
This is the latest thwarted human smuggling attempt in the border crisis in which illegal aliens are frequently smuggled into the U.S. by big rigs.
Marcizo Ramos, special operations supervisor with the U.S. Border Patrol (Laredo, TX Sector) told Transportation Nation Network in an exclusive interview earlier this year that the situation at the border was a “humanitarian crises.”
Ramos said record numbers of migrants are attempting to cross into the U.S., and as a result, authorities have shifted resources to deal with the influx.
Those resources have become increasingly stretched thin as fewer agents, who are responsible for examining cargo coming into the U.S., are available, Ramos said.
A recent Tweet by the CBP said “on a typical day” in 2018, 81,438 truck, rail and sea containers were processed by the agency.
— CBP (@CBP) September 18, 2019
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