Nogales Man Caught Smuggling 31 People In Tractor-Trailer

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Agents assigned to the I-19 immigration checkpoint discovered 31Mexican nationals inside the back of a tractor trailer stopped on Wednesday night. [Photo courtesy CBP]

TUCSON – The 40-year-old U.S. citizen truck driver was arrested at the Interstate 19 immigration checkpoint near Amado after U.S. Border Patrol agents found 31 illegal aliens in his tractor-trailer.

A scan of a tractor trailer showed agents 31 Mexican nationals inside. [Provided by CBP]

U.S. Border Patrol agents discovered the victims after the driver in a 2008 Freightliner was referred for secondary inspection. The 31 Mexican nationals concealed in the cargo trailer are all illegally present in the country.

The driver was arrested for human smuggling. The Mexican nationals, ages 15 to 40, will be processed for immigration violations.