Hereford man endangers ten in failed human smuggling attempt - Tucson News Now

Hereford man endangers ten in failed human smuggling attempt

10 people found hidden inside a trailer being towed by a Hereford, AZ man. (Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection) 10 people found hidden inside a trailer being towed by a Hereford, AZ man. (Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)
WHETSTONE, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

On Monday night, March 26 U.S. Border Patrol agents working at the State Route 90 Immigration Checkpoint in Whetstone arrested a 49-year-old Hereford man, after finding 10 people, all from Mexico, hidden inside a locked trailer he was towing.
 
An agent working the primary inspection lane referred the driver of a Chevy Suburban for secondary inspection after a CBP canine alerted to the trailer in tow.

In the secondary inspection area, agents could see several people hiding inside the trailer’s makeshift enclosure through gaps in the plywood.  Agents immediately began removing the straps to open the compartment, free the occupants, and ensure their safety.

Agents had to remove a large bag of cans at the back of the trailer in order to reach the nine men and one woman packed among appliances being hauled in the locked enclosure. The occupants were removed from the compartment, assessed, and provided water by agents. 

The driver, a U.S. citizen, was arrested for human smuggling and his vehicle and trailer were seized. The Mexican nationals, ages 18 to 38, were transported to the Willcox Border Patrol Station to be processed for immigration violations.

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