US Border Patrol agents in Arizona over the weekend discovered nine illegal immigrants hidden inside a closed compartment in a cattle trailer near the border with Mexico.
The discovery came during a traffic stop near Nogales, Arizona around 1, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said in a press release.
Tucson Sector Agents conducted a vehicle stop on a Freightliner semi-truck and obtained permission to inspect the trailer, CBP said. Inside, agents discovered nine illegal immigrants in a closed room hidden under 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 that was encountered at the scene were also arrested.
CBP said both vehicles are 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 who faces smuggling charges. The migrants were detained and processed for immigration violations.
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Border Patrol agents encountered a similar situation early last week, thwarting a smuggling attempt by 33 illegal immigrants along the same stretch of Route 82.