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Arizona Border Patrol agents arrest armed human smugglers

May 15, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Arizona Border Patrol agents arrest armed human smugglers

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Southern Arizona Border Patrol agents arrested three armed human smugglers in three separate occurrences late last week.

According to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection press release, Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents were informed of a report of suspicious activity from a citizen on Sunday after witnessing someone picking up an individual walking out of the desert.

The pickup occurred on an isolated road near Bisbee, Arizona. The agents who were working the Brian Terry Border Patrol Station tracked down the vehicle and pulled it over to conduct an immigration investigation.

After interviewing the U.S. citizen driver and the passenger, agents learned that the passenger was illegally in the U.S. Agents also found that the driver was in possession of a 9 mm pistol. The driver was arrested on suspicion of human smuggling and seized the handgun and the vehicle. The passenger, a Mexican native, will be processed for an immigration hearing to determine if he will be deported.

The next day, agents noticed the driver of a Honda SUV pick up five individuals along the side of the road. The car was pulled over, and officers determined that the five people were illegals from Mexico. A vehicle search revealed that the driver had hidden a .45 caliber pistol in the car’s front console.

The driver was arrested, and the SUV and the handgun were seized. The driver, who is a U.S. citizen, will potentially face charges of human smuggling. The five illegal immigrants were brought to the Border Patrol station for processing.

On Tuesday, Border Patrol officers discovered another human smuggler, who was also in possession of a 9 mm gun. The agents working near Three Points, Arizona, received information that a someone driving a Lincoln Navigator picked up an individual on the side of the road.

The vehicle was pulled over, and an immigration inspection was conducted.

The agents questioned two men, both U.S. citizens, in the front seat of the car, who claimed to be traveling by themselves. Officers noticed a man hiding between the rear seats. The person was questioned and was found to be a Mexican national illegally in the country. The three alleged human smugglers were taken into custody. A search of the car uncovered a 9 mm pistol hidden in the rear storage area. The firearm and vehicle were both seized.

CBP officials stated the undocumented foreigners will all be processed for immigration hearings to decide if they will face deportation. The four U.S. citizens arrested are expected to face federal human smuggling charges.

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