CBP: Arizona man tried to smuggle migrants in vehicle with corpse

CBP: Arizona man tried to smuggle migrants in vehicle with corpse
Federal authorities said an Arizona man tried to smuggle six migrants into the United States while transporting human remains to a mortuary.

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - Federal authorities said an Arizona man tried to smuggle six migrants into the United States while transporting human remains to a mortuary.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Border Patrol agents stopped the man in Douglas Monday, July 13.

"Shortly after 6 p.m., agents conducted an immigration inspection vehicle stop of a GMC SUV," CBP said in a news release. "They discovered six Mexican nationals hidden inside the vehicle, all illegally present in the United States."

Agents also found a body bag, which contained a corpse.

CBP said they believe the driver of the SUV is employed by a mortuary in southern Arizona.

The driver is facing federal smuggling charges while the migrants were processed for immigration violations.

The remains were transferred to a local mortuary, according to CBP.

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