Border Patrol: 33 migrants found locked inside hot trailer in southern Arizona

Driver of 18-wheeler arrested, facing charges of felony human smuggling

Border Patrol: 33 migrants found locked inside hot trailer in southern Arizona
Border Patrol said 33 migrants were found in a trailer at an immigration checkpoint in southern Arizona Tuesday, July 2. (Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

TUCSON, AZ (KOLD News 13) - More than 30 migrants were found locked inside a 100-degree trailer in southern Arizona earlier this week, according to federal agents.

Border Patrol said the discovery was made at an immigration checkpoint on Interstate 19 late Tuesday, July 2 when agents sent an 18-wheeler for secondary inspection.

Agents searched the trailer and found it was filled with produce -- and people.

(Source: Border Patrol)

Border Patrol said 33 migrants were found inside. The group consisted of people from Mexico and El Salvador and included 12 minors, a pregnant woman and a convicted felon.

The inside of the trailer was nearly 100 degrees and the migrants had no way to get out of the trailer.

“Although the trailer was equipped with a refrigeration unit, the driver did not have it turned on,” Border Patrol said in a news release.

The driver of the truck -- a 37-year-old from Mexico -- was arrested on charges of felony human smuggling. The 33 migrants were taken into custody and will be processed for immigration violations, according to Border Patrol.

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