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Posted Jun 18, 2015, 3:45 pm
Border Patrol agents found five Mexican nationals in the hot trunks of cars over five hours in three separate alleged smuggling incidents Wednesday at southern Arizona checkpoints, the agency said.
In a news release, Border Patrol highlighted the day's temperatures, noting that the mercury regularly broke 100 degrees across southern Arizona.
"Smuggling a person inside the trunk of a car is extremely dangerous, a risk amplified during summertime conditions," Border Patrol said.
At the Interstate 19 checkpoint, north of Tubac, a Border Patrol dog alerted to a brown Cadillac during an inspection at 2:20 p.m.
Inside the trunk agents found two Mexican nationals, including one young woman who had been injured when she illegally crossed the border near Nogales, the agency said in a news release.
The injured woman was transported to a local hospital for treatment, while the driver and passenger were placed under arrest for the alleged smuggling attempt.
At around 5 p.m., agents at the the State Route 80 immigration checkpoint near Ajo chased down a vehicle after the driver fled from an inspection. During the chase, the vehicle lost a tire and was abandoned by the driver. Agents stopped to investigate the vehicle and found two men in the trunk. Agents are still searching for the driver, the agency said.
Just two hours later, agents working the SR 80 checkpoint near Tombstone discovered a Mexican national in the trunk of a car after a dog alerted agents. The driver and a passenger were placed under arrest for the alleged smuggling attempt.
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