Border Patrol K-9 sniffs out men being smuggled into country in car's trunk

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Border Patrol in Tucson arrested two U.S. citizens at the State Route 90 immigration checkpoint Thursday night for smuggling two Mexican nationals in their trunk.

While searching a 2008 Infiniti coupe, a  K-9 alerted the agents to an odor it was trained to detect. When agents opened the car’s trunk, they found two men hiding inside.

Agents arrested the 24-year-old driver and 26-year-old passenger, both from Tucson, for human smuggling and seized the vehicle. The two Mexican nationals were also arrested and are being processed for immigration violations.  

Smugglers commonly try to conceal humans in the trunks of vehicles. This could lead to suffocation, heat stroke, hypothermia or injury from a vehicle collision.

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Many vehicles are equipped with safety features that allow passengers to escape through the cargo compartment in an emergency, but some do not have an escape. In order to properly escape the vehicle, the occupants need to know how to use the safety features. 

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