TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — U.S. Border Patrol agents working at an immigration checkpoint in Whetstone have arrested a Hereford man after finding 10 Mexico residents hidden inside a locked trailer he was towing.
An agent working the primary inspection lane Monday night referred the driver of the vehicle for a secondary inspection.
Agents saw people hiding inside the trailer’s makeshift enclosure through gaps in the plywood.
They had to remove a large bag of cans at the back of the trailer to reach the nine men and one woman packed among appliances.
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The Mexican immigrants ranged in age from 18 to 38. They were taken to the Willcox Border Patrol Station to be processed for immigration violations.
The unidentified 49-year-old driver is a U.S. citizen and he is being held on human smuggling charges.