June 2, 2016

Border Patrol agents removed seven illegal aliens, including three children, from hot car trunks. Two USC drivers were also arrested for alien smuggling.

Agents assigned to the Nogales Border Patrol Station working at the Interstate 19 checkpoint thwarted two smuggling attempts 45 minutes apart Wednesday night, which led to the arrest of seven undocumented aliens hidden in car trunks.

At 5:45 p.m., agents stopped a white, four-door sedan for a secondary inspection. Agents discovered three individuals concealed in the trunk after the driver consented to a vehicle search. The subjects, all identified as Mexican nationals, including a 16-year-old juvenile, were taken into custody. The driver, a United States citizen, was arrested and could be facing criminal charges.

Less than an hour later, agents stopped a white Pontiac sedan for a secondary inspection. A search of the vehicle revealed four undocumented aliens from Guatemala, including two under the age of 14, hiding in the trunk. The subjects were taken into custody and the driver of the vehicle was arrested.

Neither vehicle had emergency releases inside the trunks. Both lacked ventilation. The inside temperature of closed trunks can rise in excess of 125 degrees Fahrenheit with temperatures reaching triple digits during Arizona’s summer months.

Chief patrol agent Paul Beeson said Tucson Sector has more than 230 EMTs who are trained to provide lifesaving treatment, and agents are well aware of the risks due to heat-related illnesses.

“This is another example of the callous disregard for life indicative of criminal organizations,” he said. “If not for the actions of these Border Patrol agents, seven people including three children could have easily lost their lives at the hands of unscrupulous smugglers.