X-Ray Technology Reveals Human Smuggler at I-19 Checkpoint

Agents at the I-19 immigration checkpoint discovered three persons in the backseat area of a vehicle being inspected [Photo courtesy U.S. Customs and Border Protection]

TUCSON, Ariz. – On Friday morning, Nogales Station Border Patrol agents discovered three men being smuggled through the Interstate 19 immigration checkpoint.

Agents at the I-19 immigration checkpoint made the discovery utilizing x-ray technology.

According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, “at approximately 10:45 a.m., agents working the primary immigration inspection lane referred the driver of a flatbed tow truck hauling a Chevy Silverado for a secondary inspection. Utilizing x-ray technology, agents detected anomalies in the cab of the Silverado atop the flatbed. A subsequent search of the vehicle revealed three individuals stacked atop one another in an attempt to conceal themselves.”

The three men, identified as Mexican nationals illegally present in the United States, were arrested and will be processed for immigration violations. The smuggler will be prosecuted for human smuggling.