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Buckeye man arrested for allegedly attempting to smuggle 3 into US

YUMA – An Arizona man was taken into custody after he allegedly tried to smuggle three undocumented immigrants through the Interstate 8 immigration checkpoint Wednesday.

According to U.S. Customs Border and Protection, the three Mexican nationals were found in the trunk of a beige 2016 Chevrolet Malibu after a Border Patrol canine alerted the Welton Station agents to the vehicle. The three men were 14, 34 and 48 years old.

US Customs and Border Protection

The 43-year-old driver from Buckeye was also found with drug paraphernalia and methamphetamine in his possession.

The driver charged in connection to the smuggling and the three Mexican men were processed for immigration violations, according to CBP.

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Noel Sederstrom

Noel Sederstrom

Noel Sederstrom joined the KTTC-TV staff as News Director in February, 2008. He's a native Minnesotan, having grown up on a farm near Litchfield, and also spending a lot of time on Lake Vermilion near Tower-Soudan, where his grandfather Gust Saari worked in the Soudan Underground Mine. After studying journalism at the University of Minnesota-Minneapolis, Noel worked as a reporter, anchor, producer and Executive Producer at television stations in Duluth, Little Rock, Buffalo, Louisville and Kalamazoo, Michigan. Noel was the News Director at WWMT-TV in Kalamazoo for seven of his 18 years at the CBS affiliate before returning to Minnesota. He and his wife Cindy have two grown children and make their home in Rochester. Email Noel at
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