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CBP: Drug, human smugglers can't dodge the law; 4 U.S. citizens arrested over weekend

Four U.S. citizens were arrested in two separate incidents this weekend by Border Patrol agents: two for human smuggling, and two for drug smuggling, authorities said. 

A 19-year-old man and his 18-year-old female passenger were arrested Saturday after he fled from the Interstate 19 checkpoint, about 36 miles south of Tucson, said a spokesman for Border Patrol's Tucson Sector. 

Agents attempted to perform an immigration inspection on the driver and passenger of a Dodge Avenger when the driver "fled from the checkpoint at a high rate of speed and subsequently lost control and crashed," the spokesman said.

Agents arrived and found a 24-year-old woman and a 19-year-old man, both identified as Mexican nationals, hidden in the Avenger's trunk. No one was injured in the crash, he said. 

All four were arrested. 

The driver and his passenger, both from Tucson, were charged with human smuggling, while the Mexican nationals were processed for immigration violations, the spokesman said. 

On Sunday night, two men were arrested after Border Patrol agents attempted to stop their vehicle south of Pearce, about 70 miles southeast of Tucson, said Rob Daniels, a spokesman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection. 

Agents from the Willcox station tried to pull over the two men in a Dodge Charger, but the driver fled. As they fled toward Tombstone, the passenger tossed bundles of marijuana from the vehicle. The two men later stopped and attempted to flee on foot, but were arrested by BP agents, Daniels said. 

The two men were identified only as U.S. citizens from Tucson, ages 23 and 25, Daniels said. 

Agents recovered 200 pounds of marijuana, worth more than $100,000, he said. 

TucsonSentinel.com's original reporting and curation of border and immigration news is generously supported in part by a grant from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.

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A Dodge Avenger driven by a 19-year-old man who crashed after attempting to flee U.S. Border Patrol agents on Interstate 19 on Saturday.