U.S. Trucker Arrested in 3rd Major Big Rig Human Smuggling Bust This Month
Tucson, AZ – Two U.S. citizens were arrested after Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) agents disrupted an alleged big rig human smuggling operation on Saturday in Arizona.
According to CBP, the bust took place at the Interstate 19 Immigration Checkpoint near Amado on Saturday at approximately 10 p.m.
Tucson Sector agents say a tractor-trailer was referred for secondary inspection after a Border Patrol canine alerted to the vehicle.
During the inspection, agents found 29 individuals from Mexico and one from Ecuador, including an unaccompanied minor, hidden inside the trailer.
CBP officials determined all 30 were illegally present in the country.
The 30 foreign nationals were arrested and will be processed for immigration violations, CBP says.
The truck driver and passenger, both U.S. citizens, now face prosecution for human smuggling violations.
Third Major Big Rig Human Smuggling Bust In October
This latest bust is the third major one at our nation’s southern border just this month, and the second at the Tucson Sector.
On October 14, two truckers were taken into custody by Tucson Sector agents after the discovery of a total of 32 migrants inside a refrigerated semi-trailer.
Officials said the temperature inside was 47 degrees and most of the individuals were “ill prepared” as most were wearing “short t-shirts.”
The White House tweeted images from the scene in a continued effort to bring awareness to the ongoing battle at the border.
— CBP Arizona (@CBPArizona) October 16, 2019
Then on October 22, a truck driver and passenger, both U.S. citizens, were arrested at the Sierra Blanca, TX Checkpoint after attempting to smuggle 13 individuals from Ecuador, Mexico, and Honduras.