Human smuggling

A man is discovered by Willcox Border Patrol agents in the bed of a truck, hiding under plywood and construction equipment.

WILLCOX — Willcox Border Patrol agents arrested six illegal aliens and a Benson man in connection to a human smuggling event near Willcox on Monday afternoon.

Agents 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.

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