Border Patrol stops two human-smuggling vehicles

DOUGLAS, Ariz. - Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents stopped two vehicles involved in human smuggling attempts during separate incidents last week.

The Douglas Police Department requested assistance from Douglas Station agents on Thursday afternoon after witnessing people run from the desert and get into an older model Toyota Camry on State Route 80 near the border. 

An officer followed the Camry until the driver and the passengers fled into the desert. 

The officer arrested the male driver, an 18-year-old U.S. citizen, for human smuggling. When Border Patrol agents arrived, the area was searched and they found five Mexican nationals.

Casa Grande agents at the Federal Route 15 immigration checkpoint encountered a 1998 Oldsmobile with two visible occupants on Friday morning. 

During questioning, the female driver quickly drove off. Agents pursued the vehicle until the driver stopped leading her and the passenger to flee on foot. 

Agents searched the vehicle and found four adult Mexican nationals in the trunk.

Agents later found the driver, a 22-year-old U.S. citizen and arrested her for human smuggling as well as arresting the four Mexican nationals for immigration violations. 

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