Border Patrol arrests 26 in drug, human smuggling cases

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- Border Patrol agents arrested 26 people in connection with drug and human smuggling cases last week.

On April 9, an Arizona-based Office of Air and Marine aircraft crew notified Border Patrol agents of a group of possible illegal immigrants near the unincorporated community of Arivaca in Pima County. Agents responded and apprehended 13 people.

The following day, Casa Grande Border Patrol agents and members of the West Desert Task Force seized a vehicle reportedly loaded with more than 98 pounds of pot worth an estimated $49,000. Two weapons and ammunition were also found, and three people were taken into custody.

Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents also arrested a United States man for allegedly smuggling two undocumented Mexican women into the U.S. in his Chrysler 300. He also reportedly had a loaded pistol and fully loaded magazines.

On April 11, agents arrested three U.S. citizens on suspicion of alien smuggling. Two Chinese nationals were found hiding in the trunk of a Ford Taurus at the Interstate 19 checkpoint and later in the day, two more undocumented people were found in the trunk of a Chevrolet Cavalier near Nogales, Ariz.

All vehicles involved were seized.