WILLCOX, Ariz. – Willcox Border Patrol agents arrested six illegal aliens and a Benson man in connection to a human smuggling event near Willcox, Monday afternoon.
Agents working near the town of Willcox observed vehicles avoiding the Border Patrol immigration checkpoint on State Route 191. Agents conducted a traffic stop and uncovered an attempt to smuggle six illegal aliens. Two people were found underneath plywood and construction equipment in the bed of a pickup truck.
A Chevy Silverado, a loaded handgun, and a loaded shotgun were seized in this incident. All six illegal aliens arrested are being charged with immigration violations and the driver is facing federal felony human smuggling charges.
Federal law allows agents to charge individuals by complaint, a method that allows the filing of charges for criminal activity without inferring guilt. An individual is presumed innocent unless and until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials 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. Reporting illicit activity could result in saving someone’s life.