Border Patrol agents in Arizona apprehended U.S. citizens for human smuggling and drug trafficking in separate incidents over the past few days.
On Friday, October 19, agents assigned in Sonoita Station tried to inspect a GMC truck travelling southbound on the State Route 83. The driver tried to avoid the inspection by accelerating the speed of the truck, which eventually crashed on State Route 82 near the entrance of Patagonia Lake.
The Border Patrol agents together with the Patagonia Marshalls arrested the driver, a 29-year old U.S. citizen and nine immigrants from Guatemala and Mexico. They filed charges against the driver for human trafficking.
The agents took six of the immigrants to the hospital for medical evaluation. The hospital did not find any serious injury to any of the immigrants, who are facing charges for violating U.S. immigration laws.
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In a separate incident on Sunday, October 21, Border patrol agents tried to stop and inspect a truck hauling a boat. The driver escaped northbound on State Route 83. Agents chased and eventually stopped the vehicle. They arrested the driver, a 59-year-old U.S. citizen from Tucson, Arizona.