Trucker Faces Human Smuggling Charges After 3 Men Found In Load Of Eggplant
Tucson, Arizona – A truck driver was arrested after he allegedly attempted to smuggle three people across the U.S. border in a load of eggplants he was hauling.
U.S. Border Patrol agents out of Nogales stopped the 45-year-old truck driver from Arizona at an Interstate 19 checkpoint on Thursday evening, March 7. Officials said a canine alerted authorities to his truck.
Agents said they discovered a man from Guatemala and two men from Mexico in the trailer full of eggplants which originated from Mexico.
All four men were then arrested, according to officials. The truck driver is facing human smuggling charges and the other three men are being processed for immigration violations.
Recently, the Department of Homeland Security launched “Operation Safeguard” as an initiative to educate the general public and those within the trucking industry on the life-threatening dangers involved in using commercial conveyances to smuggle humans.
Officials are seeking to decrease the number of fatalities associated with this dangerous and illegal activity.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials also welcome assistance from the community. Individuals can report suspicious activity to the Border Patrol and remain anonymous by calling 1-877-872-7435 toll free.