Border Patrol Arrests U.S. Citizen Involved in Smuggling

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TUCSON — Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents working at an immigration checkpoint near Three Points, Arizona apprehended two illegal Guatemalans…one locked in a trunk.

Agents working at the immigration inspection checkpoint on Nov. 21 asked the driver of a Nissan Maxima for permission to search the vehicle’s trunk. After the driver consented, agents discovered a Guatemalan national locked inside. Agents also determined that a passenger inside the vehicle was an unaccompanied juvenile, also from Guatemala. Agents arrested the driver, a U.S. citizen, and the two Guatemalan nationals.

Federal law allows the Border Patrol to charge individuals by complaint, a method that allows the filing of charges for criminal activity without inferring guilt. An individual is presumed innocent unless and until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Customs and Border Protection welcomes assistance from the community. Citizens can report suspicious activity to the Border Patrol by calling 1-877-872-7435 toll free. All calls will be answered and remain anonymous.