TWO VEHICLES USED TO SMUGGLE 34 ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS
Immigration related traffic stops on two vehicles near Douglas, AZ led to the arrest of 34 illegal immigrants, the seizure of one vehicle, and the recovery of an additional vehicle that was reported stolen.
On July 28, 2020 agents patrolling near Douglas performed a traffic stop on a Toyota Tundra that appeared to have a fraudulent license plate and was reported stolen. All 18 occupants in the vehicle, including the driver were Mexican Nationals illegally present in the United States.
While agents were conducting the traffic stop on the Tundra, they noticed a Lincoln Navigator driving past them that potentially contained additional illegal immigrants. A second traffic stop was conducted on the Navigator, revealing an additional 16 illegal immigrants being smuggled.
The stolen Tundra and the driver were turned over to the Cochise County Sheriff’s Department. The remainder of the illegal immigrants either face immigration violations or will be expelled to Mexico via Title 42 authority. The second vehicle was also seized.