TUCSON – On Monday night, U.S. Border Patrol agents at the Interstate 19 Immigration Checkpoint, arrested two U.S. citizens for human smuggling after rescuing 32 illegal aliens hidden inside a semitrailer.
According to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Tucson Sector agents referred the semi tractor-trailer for secondary inspection, where they discovered 32 Mexican and Ecuadorian nationals, all illegally present in the country, hidden in the produce cargo.
The trailer’s interior was 47 degrees, potentially endangering the illegal immigrants locked inside.
The 31-year-old driver and 30-year-old passenger were arrested and charged with felony human smuggling violations. The 32 illegal immigrants arrested, aged 16 to 53, processed for immigration violations.