30 migrants found in semi-trailer at I-19 BP checkpoint
Two U.S. citizens were arrested for smuggling after U.S. Border Patrol agents found 30 people in the trailer of a semi-tractor truck at the I-19 checkpoint on Saturday night, authorities said.
Around 10 p.m., a Border Patrol dog "alerted" to the trailer at the checkpoint that straddles the northbound lanes of Interstate 19, near Amado, Ariz., about 37 miles south of Tucson. Agents sent the vehicle to a secondary inspection area, where they found 30 people hidden inside the trailer, said Rob Daniels, a spokesman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the parent agency for Border Patrol.
One person was from Ecuador, and 29 were from Mexico, including an unaccompanied minor, Daniels said.
The driver, and his passenger face prosecution for human smuggling violations, Daniels said. The 30 people in the trailer were arrested and will be "processed" for immigration violations, he said.
Homeland Security officials who oversee CBP and Border Patrol continued to push "Operation Safeguard," a national public education effort designed to "prevent fatalities at the hands of smugglers" by describing the "life-threatening dangers involved in using commercial conveyances to smuggle" people.