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4 arrested for human smuggling

BP apprehends 13 illegal immigrants who tried to flee scene

Four people were arrested and three vehicles seized Tuesday near Douglas after they tried to smuggle 13 illegal immigrants into the United States, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said.

Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents tried to stop three vehicles traveling north on S.R. 191 on Tuesday. Two of the vehicles fled, but the third stopped and 13 people bailed out of the car and fled into the desert.

With the help of a Border Protection Office of Air and Marine helicopter, agents were able to apprehend the 13.

Agents later tracked down another of the vehicles and arrested its three occupants. The driver of the remaining vehicle was caught trying to cross into Mexico at the Douglas Port of Entry and was arrested.

The four, all Mexican nationals, face federal human smuggling charges. The 13 illegal immigrants were transported for processing.

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