Phoenix woman arrested for smuggling migrants near Gila Bend

Phoenix woman arrested for smuggling migrants near Gila Bend
A Phoenix woman was arrested for smuggling migrants in her car. (Source: CBP)

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - U.S. Border Patrol agents working the State Route 85 Immigration Checkpoint arrested a Phoenix woman for smuggling two migrants in her car, Friday evening.

Around 6 p.m., a Border Patrol canine at the immigration checkpoint alerted to a Nissan Altima with a 33-year-old female driver and juvenile passenger, both U.S. citizens.

During further search, agents discovered a 25-year-old Mexican man and a 22-year-old Guatemalan woman hidden in the vehicle’s trunk. Agents determined both individuals were illegally present in the country.

The foreign nationals will be processed for immigration violations. The U.S. citizen adult was arrested and faces prosecution for human smuggling violations.

Locking persons in a trunk poses a significant safety threat to the individuals’ life and well-being.

Individuals can report suspicious activity to the Border Patrol and remain anonymous by calling 1-877-872-7435 toll free.

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