Agents seize two vehicles and arrest 34 illegal aliens in failed human smuggling attempt

Contributed Photo/Courtesy U.S. Customs and Border Protection: Illegal aliens were crammed into two vehicles that Douglas agents stopped Tuesday evening.  

Contributed Article/Courtesy U.S. Customs and Border Protection

DOUGLAS – U.S. Border Patrol agents performed immigration-related stops on the occupants of two vehicles near Douglas, Arizona, leading to the arrest of 34 illegal aliens, the seizure of one vehicle, and the recovery of an additional vehicle that was reported stolen.

Tuesday evening, agents patrolling near Douglas performed a traffic stop on a Toyota Tundra that appeared to have a fraudulent license plate and was reported stolen.  All 18 occupants in the vehicle, including the driver, were Mexican Nationals illegally present in the United States.

Contributed Photo/Courtesy U.S. Customs and Border Protection: Agents in Douglas arrested 34 illegal aliens who were inside two vehicles.

While agents were conducting the traffic stop on the Tundra, they noticed a Lincoln Navigator driving past them that potentially contained additional illegal aliens.  A second traffic stop was conducted on the Navigator, revealing an additional 16 illegal aliens being smuggled. 

The stolen Tundra and the driver were turned over to the Cochise County Sheriff’s Department.  The remainder of the illegal aliens either face immigration violations or will be expelled to Mexico via Title 42 authority. The second vehicle was also seized.