TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - Two men are now behind bars for attempted human smuggling near Yuma.
The two — a 31-year-old man and a 28-year-old man — were referred to a secondary inspection at a Border Patrol checkpoint on Highway 78 at around 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19. During the inspection, agents found two Mexican nationals hiding in the trunk of the car and drug paraphernelia in the cab of the car, according to a news release from Customs and Border Protection.
The 31-year-old driver has a criminal record, the release stated, including 16 prior arrests for other charges including aggravated assault. The 28-year-old passenger has several priors for theft, disorderly conduct and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Both men will be prosecuted for human smuggling, according to the release.