Human-smugglers arrested in two separate Southern Arizona incidents

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Tucson Sector Border Patrolagents stopped two separate human-smuggling attempts at southern checkpoints overthe past three days.

On June 23 at the SR 286checkpoint, a canine team alerted Tucson Station agents to one Mexican nationalhidden behind the front seat of a GMC pickup truck, and another was lockedinside a toolbox mounted on the truck bed, officials say.

Two United States citizens werearrested on June 25 at an Interstate-19 checkpoint after Nogales Station agentsfound two illegal immigrants in the trunk of a Ford Focus, according to BorderPatrol.

Police say the smugglers arrestedin both incidents face federal prosecution; those who were being transportedinto the country illegally were apprehended for removal proceedings.

To anonymously report suspicious activity to Border Patrol, call (877)872-7435.

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