U.S. Border Patrol agents at the Interstate 19 Immigration Checkpoint near Amado, Arizona arrested two U.S. citizens for smuggling 30 illegal immigrants by semitrailer on October 26, 2019.
Agents referred a semitrailer for secondary inspection after a Border Patrol canine alerted to the vehicle. During the inspection, agents found 29 individuals from Mexico and one from Ecuador, including an unaccompanied minor, hidden inside the trailer.
Agents determined all 30 were illegally present in the United States.
The 30 foreign nationals were arrested and will be processed for immigration violations. The U.S. citizen driver and passenger face prosecution for human smuggling violations.