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CBP: 3 U.S. citizens arrested for smuggling people, drugs

Three U.S. citizens were arrested by Border Patrol agents this week in separate incidents for attempting to smuggle two Mexican men through Southern Arizona, authorities said. 

On Wednesday, agents from the Brian A. Terry Station near Naco stopped a silver Honda Accord in Bisbee. The driver and passenger were identified as U.S. citizens, however, a third occupant was an undocumented man from Mexico, said a Border Patrol spokesman. 

Agents searched the vehicle and found a loaded .45-caliber handgun and 79 pounds of marijuana worth more than $39,000. 

All three men were arrested, said the spokesman. 

On Thursday, a dog alerted to a white Ford Expedition, leading agents to discover a locked custom-made compartment in the floor, said the spokesman. 

Inside, agents found a Mexican man who was not authorized to be in the country. Border Patrol agents arrested him, along with the driver identified only as an adult male U.S. citizen. 

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An unidentified Mexican man found in a custom-made compartment in the floor of a Ford Expedition on Thursday at the I-19 checkpoint by U.S. Border Patrol agents.