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Arizona woman facing human smuggling charges after 3 undocumented immigrants are found crammed in the trunk of her car

July 25, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Arizona woman facing human smuggling charges after 3 undocumented immigrants are found crammed in the trunk of her car

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A woman in Arizona is facing human smuggling charges after three immigrants in the U.S. illegally were discovered crammed into the trunk of her vehicle.

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) press release issued Friday indicated agents working at the Sonoita Station in Tuscon pulled over a 1998 Toyota to check the immigration status of the driver, who looked to be traveling by herself.

However, the men, thought to be from Mexico, were discovered packed together like sardines in the back of the car.

A 56-year-old woman from South Tucson was taken into custody on human smuggling charges, and authorities confiscated the vehicle. The three men will also be charged with immigration crimes.

The men were discovered at the Sonoita Station in Tuscon, Arizona

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection revealed in a statement that smuggling the illegal migrants in that way could have been extremely hazardous to their health.

The statement added: “Further inspection of the Camry revealed there was no emergency trunk release. Even during monsoon season, Arizona’s temperatures can climb dramatically when the sun comes out. Adding the possibilities of being crushed in a collision, or being poisoned by carbon monoxide, riding in the trunk could be equivalent to a death sentence.”

Adding the possibilities of being crushed in a collision, or being poisoned by carbon monoxide, riding in the trunk could be equivalent to a death sentence.”

Last month, Border Patrol in Tuscon launched a new policy to prosecute smugglers.

Agents in Sonoita found three undocumented immigrants in the trunk of a vehicle stopped at the SR83 checkpoint

“The program enables the prosecution of human smugglers, through Mexican courts, using information obtained via interviews conducted by agents while in U.S. custody,” the CBP indicated in a press release.

In 2016, Tucson Sector Border Patrol transferred 143 smugglers to the Mexican government to see if they could be eligible for prosecution.

Meanwhile, a man will be charged in court after his arrest in the deaths of nine people whose “very hot” remains were recovered in a scorching tractor-trailer in a Walmart parking lot in San Antonio alongside close to 20 others who were still alive but in critical condition.

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