Border Patrol seizes SUV with hidden compartments at I-19 checkpoint

Border Patrol seizes SUV with hidden compartments at I-19 checkpoint
Man inside hidden compartment. (Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)
Man inside hidden compartment. (Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - It was during a secondary inspection at an I-19 checkpoint Sunday, August 14 that Border Patrol agents from the Nogales Station stopped a human smuggling attempt, according to a recent release.

BP agents arrested a U.S. citizen who was attempting to smuggle two men into the U.S., using hidden compartments in a Ford Expedition.  Agents discovered the two hidden compartments, each with one man, a Mexican national hiding inside them.

According to the CBP release each after-market compartment had latches on the outside, but none on the inside, so if there were an accident the person inside would not be able to escape.

The Border Patrol is holding the driver, pending prosecution charges, but are processing the two Mexican nationals for removal in accordance with Tucson Sector guidelines.

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