U.S. Border Patrol Agents in Arizona discovered nine illegal immigrants hidden inside an enclosed space within a cattle trailer near the Mexico border over the weekend.
The discovery came during a traffic stop near Nogales, Arizona around 1 a.m., U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said in a press release.
Tucson Sector Agents conducted a vehicle stop on a Freightliner semi-truck and received permission to inspect the trailer, CBP said. Inside, agents discovered nine illegal immigrants in an enclosed space hidden beneath a false floor with no means of escape.
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Agents arrested the Freightliner’s driver and passenger. The driver and passenger of a Ford pickup encountered at the scene were also arrested.
CBP said both vehicles were believed to be traveling together along a stretch of Route 82 northeast of Nogales, which is just a stone’s throw from the U.S.-Mexico border.
CBP said the driver of the Freightliner is a U.S. citizen, facing smuggling charges. The migrants were taken into custody and processed for immigration violations.
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Border Patrol agents encountered a similar situation early last week, thwarting a smuggling attempt of 33 illegal immigrants along the same stretch of Route 82.