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CBP: 6 U.S. citizens arrested for smuggling attempts

Six U.S. citizens were arrested for attempting to smuggle several Mexican men and 122 pounds of marijuana through Southern Arizona Border Patrol checkpoints last week, authorities said.

On Nov. 23, Border Patrol agents arrested a women after she attempted to flee the State Route 90 checkpoint outside of Whetstone and led agents on a brief chase, said U.S. Customs and Border Protection in a news release. 

Agents stopped her at the checkpoint, and referred her to the secondary inspection lane, but she ignored their commands and left the checkpoint, CBP said. 

Agents pursued her, and she crashed her vehicle through a fence and tried to flee on foot before she was taken into custody.

Inside the vehicle was 122 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $61,000, CBP said. 

On Thanksgiving Day, agents at the Interstate 19 checkpoint intercepted two attempts to smuggle people within a few hours.

Two men were found hiding in the trunk of a car after agents asked to search the vehicle, and a few hours later, agents found two more men in the trunk of a sedan.

All four men claimed to be from Mexico, and were given medical evaluations before they were taken to the Nogales Border Patrol station for further processing, CBP said.

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Agents also arrested four U.S. citizens for their role in the smuggling attempts, the agency said. 

On Sunday, agents found three more Mexican nationals hiding in the trunk of car at the I-19 checkpoint and arrested the driver, a U.S. citizen.

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Three Mexican nationals were taken into custody after they were found hiding in the trunk of a car at the I-19 checkpoint on Sunday. The driver, a U.S. citizen, was arrested.