Border agents encounter smugglers armed with AR-15 in Arizona

Border Crime

Agents seized a tactical rifle from
a pair of suspected alien smugglers May 7, 2020, in Why, Ariz. (CBP)

EL PASO, Texas (Border Report) — U.S. Border Patrol seized an AR-15 rifle during a human-smuggling attempt May 7 in Why, Ariz.

Agents from the Tucson Sector said they spotted several individuals emerge from the desert and get into a Chevrolet pickup that was waiting for them near the U.S.-Mexico border in Southeast Arizona.

BORDER REPORT: LIVE BORDER CAMERAS

Agents conducted a traffic stop and discovered that two U.S. citizens were smuggling three undocumented immigrants, according to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection news release. Agents also discovered an AR-15 rifle and ammunition inside the truck.

The three migrants were arrested. The driver and passenger of the truck, both U.S. citizens, remain in custody, pending federal smuggling charges. CBP officers seized the rifle, ammunition and truck.

Visit the BorderReport.com homepage for the latest exclusive stories and breaking news about issues along the United States-Mexico border.

Copyright 2020 Nexstar Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

California Correspondent Latest Stories

More Salvador Rivera

El Paso Correspondent Latest Stories

More Julian Resendiz

South Texas Correspondent Latest Stories

More Sandra Sanchez

Border Report Correspondents' Stories

Latest Stories

Washington D.C.

More Washington D.C.
borderlogo

About Border Report

The mission of BorderReport.com is to provide real-time delivery of the untold local stories about people living, working and migrating along the U.S. border with Mexico. The information is gathered by experienced and trusted Nexstar Media Group journalists hired specifically to cover the border.