A Cochise County Sheriff deputy participating in Operation Stonegarden requested assistance from Douglas Station Border Patrol agents Thursday after stopping a vehicle occupied by three U.S. citizens and three illegal aliens on State Route 80.
The deputy stopped a Dodge Dart for a traffic violation but learned that three of the six occupants were in the country illegally. One of the suspects was found in the vehicle’s trunk.
Agents arrived on scene and arrested the occupants of the vehicle. The U.S. citizens, two Wittmann men and a Phoenix woman, were charged with human smuggling while the Mexican men were processed for immigration violations.