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CBP: Duo caught transporting 32 migrants in semi-trailer across Tucson border

Posted at 11:50 AM, Oct 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-16 19:22:02-04

Two U.S. citizens were caught and charged for allegedly trying to smuggle 32 migrants across the United States border near Tucson in a refrigerated semi-trailer.

According to a press statement from the U.S. Border Patrol’s Tucson Sector, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the semi-trailer was sent to a secondary inspection post after a K9 alerted officials.

An X-Ray image of the trailer was taken, "showing numerous people locked in the rear of the trailer," CBP wrote.

When agents opened the trailer, they discovered 32 migrants "illegally present in the United States."

A tweet from the White House revealed the migrants were transported in a refrigerated trailer that was 47 degrees inside.

"The individuals were also ill prepared to be in 47 degree refrigerated trailer as most were wearing short sleeve t-shirts," CBP wrote.

The two American citizens who allegedly transported the migrants are facing federal charges for attempting human smuggling.