Posted: Jul 26, 2013 10:45 AM by Nikai Salcido
Updated: Jul 26, 2013 1:29 PM
NOGALES - A local man with "trusted-traveler" status was arrested Wednesday for attempting to smuggle a Mexican national into the United States.
The SENTRI membership of Juan Carlos Chavez, 27, was revoked after officers found a 34-year-old Mexican woman in the trunk of his Ford sedan.
Chavez had initially been referred for secondary inspection after being unable to open his trunk during an inspection.
It turned out the trunk did not have an internal release and the woman had to be removed by lowering the back seat.
The woman is being held as a material witness in the case and Chavez was transferred for federal prosecution.
SENTRI allows members access to a dedicated commuter lane that speeds up the inspection process for low-risk travelers.
Qualification for the program requires an extensive background check and in-person interview.
"SENTRI members are treated with a higher level of trust, but are not exempt from inspection," said Port Director Guadalupe Ramirez. "Violations, such as alien smuggling, will not be tolerated. Those attempting to exploit the program will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."
Click here to submit a news tip to us!
Become a Facebook Fan!
Help those in need this holiday season
Win! Win! Win!
Wise Local Marketing!
Get news, weather and more on your smartphone and tablet!
Get texts for news, traffic, deals and more!
Sign up on KVOA.com for newsletters, exclusive deals, and more!
What's happening on News 4 @ 4
Stories and videos with Kristi's Kids
Check out the latest events FC Tucson has scheduled.
Let us help grow your business
Digital Channel 4.2
What's on KVOA and when!
Contact info for our department heads
KVOA's on air personalities!
Work at News 4 Tucson
Complete feeds of all KVOA.com stories
FCC Public File of Records, Reports, and More