A United States citizen was arrested Sunday after Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents from the Nogales Station, working at the I-19 checkpoint, found two male Mexican nationals hiding in secret compartments in a Ford Expedition.
During a secondary inspection of the Expedition, agents found two after-market compartments with one individual hiding in each compartment. The compartments had external latches but no means of escape for the men hiding inside.
Had there been an emergency, the men would have been trapped in the vehicle’s compartments, the department said in a press release.
Smuggling organizations often use dangerous methods of transporting people across the border with no regard for safety.
The Border Patrol is holding the driver pending charges, but are processing the Mexican nationals for removal, in accordance with Tucson Sector guidelines.