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Border Patrol arrest individuals of human smuggling case on Tucson’s west side

TUCSON - U.S. Border Patrol agents working near Tucson's far west side arrested five undocumented immigrants and a U.S. citizen Thursday morning, according to a press release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection on Friday.

Tucson Sector agents discovered four Guatemalans and one Mexican national hiding in a Nissan Altima during an immigration stop around 8 a.m.

Four of the five male individuals were in the trunk while the fifth was lying on the floor of the vehicles back seat.

Agents then seized the vehicle and arrested the driver, a U.S. citizen who is currently being held in custody on federal human smuggling charges.

The five undocumented immigrants will be processed for immigration violations.

U.S. CBP said the following statement:

The dangerous tactic of smuggling humans in a trunk is an ongoing trend. It demonstrates the lack of value smuggling organizations place on the lives of illegal aliens.

U.S. Border Patrol officials warn that placing humans in a vehicle’s trunk or bed can be extremely dangerous. The risks, including carbon monoxide poisoning and serious injury or death in the event of a vehicle collision, increase when people are hidden in compartments to avoid detection by law enforcement officials.

 Robert Daniels , CBP Press Officer
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Carla Litto

Digital content producer for KVOA News 4 Tucson. Carla previously interned at the NBC affiliate. She is currently a senior at UArizona majoring in journalism.

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