Arizona Border Patrol agents discover 9 illegal immigrants hiding inside cattle trailer

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U.S. Border Patrol Agents in Arizona discovered nine illegal immigrants hidden inside an enclosed space within a cattle trailer near the Mexico border over the weekend. 

The discovery came during a traffic stop near Nogales, Arizona around 1 a.m., U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said in a press release. 

Nine illegal immigrants in an enclosed space with no means of escape. 

Nine illegal immigrants in an enclosed space with no means of escape. 
(CBP)

Tucson Sector Agents conducted a vehicle stop on a Freightliner semi-truck and received permission to inspect the trailer, CBP said. Inside, agents discovered nine illegal immigrants in an enclosed space hidden beneath a false floor with no means of escape. 

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Agents arrested the Freightliner’s driver and passenger. The driver and passenger of a Ford pickup encountered at the scene were also arrested. 

CBP said both vehicles were believed to be traveling together along a stretch of Route 82 northeast of Nogales, which is just a stone’s throw from the U.S.-Mexico border. 

CBP said the driver of the Freightliner is a U.S. citizen, facing smuggling charges. The migrants were taken into custody and processed for immigration violations. 

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Border Patrol agents encountered a similar situation early last week, thwarting a smuggling attempt of 33 illegal immigrants along the same stretch of Route 82.  

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