#AceNewsReport – July.08: U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested a truck driver for human smuggling after they found 33 illegal aliens hidden in his trailer at the Interstate 19 Immigration Checkpoint Tuesday night: Nogales agents working the primary inspection lanes referred the driver of a 2002 Freight liner tractor and refrigerated trailer to the secondary inspection area for further immigration related questioning: A search of the trailer filled with produce from Mexico, led agents to discover 33 foreign nationals from Mexico and El Salvador hiding inside: The group concealed inside the trailer included 12 juveniles in age from three to 17, a pregnant female, and a convicted felon.
The interior of the trailer was nearly 100 degrees, causing imminent danger to the people locked inside with no means of egress: Although the trailer was equipped with a refrigeration unit, the driver did not have it turned on.
The 37 year-old Mexican driver was arrested and charged with felony human smuggling violations in a federal complaint: The 33 people being smuggled were taken into U.S. Border Patrol custody and will be processed for immigration violations.
In an effort to prevent fatalities at the hands of smugglers: Department of Homeland Security has recently launched “Operation Safeguard” to educate the public and the trucking industry on the life-threatening dangers involved in using commercial conveyances to smuggle humans.
#AceNewsDesk report ………….Published: July.08: 2019:
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