In two separate incidents, two semi-truck drivers, who are Legally Admitted Permanent Residents, were caught smuggling illegal aliens at the Interstate 19 Immigration Checkpoint.
In the first instance, agents referred a 35-year-old male driver of a semi-truck for secondary inspection and discovered four Mexican men, ages 18 through 24, being smuggled in the sleeper portion of the cab.
In the second instance, agents at the same checkpoint referred a 47-year-old driver of a semi-truck for secondary inspection and discovered a 30-year-old previously deported Mexican national concealed in the cab.
Agents seized both semi-trucks and arrested all subjects. The five Mexican nationals were processed for immigration violations, while both drivers face federal smuggling charges.