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U.S. citizen caught hiding Mexican woman in trunk of hot compact car to smuggle her into the country

By Mason White 4:40 PM July 12, 2017
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By: William Martin

Border patrol agents are warning people of the dangers of hiding a person in the trunk of a car due to the heat.

Border Patrol officials said that Arizona’s high temperatures can cause death for anyone riding in the trunk of a car.

They also said that other dangers such as carbon monoxide poisoning or being crushed in a rear-end collision.

This warning comes after the agents from the Sonoita Border Patrol Station ,working at the State Route 83 immigration checkpoint, discovered a 40-year-old Mexican woman hiding in the trunk of a hot compact car.

Agents were talking to the 48-year-old female driver of the Ford Focus, who is a U.S. citizen, when the Border Patrol canine alerted to an odor it was trained to detect.

Agents then opened the vehicle’s rear hatch and discovered the Mexican woman.

Agents arrested both women.

The U.S. citizen was charged with human-smuggling, while the Mexican national is being charged with immigration violations.