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Border agents arrest Arizona woman, 19, for alleged smuggling operation

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PHOENIX – The U.S. Border Patrol arrested an American woman at a southern Arizona train station for her involvement an alleged smuggling operation, authorities said Wednesday.

The 19-year-old woman is accused of taking a group of Mexican citizens who were in the U.S. illegally to the downtown Yuma Amtrak station, according to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection press release.

Border agents conducting immigration checks at the station found that a group of eight people waiting for a train hadn’t entered the country legally, the release said.

Agents arrested the U.S. citizen, a Yuma resident, for allegedly bringing the group to the station. They also found two more Mexican citizens trying to hide in her Toyota Tacoma truck.

The 10 people in the country illegally were removed for immigration violations.

Immigration officers are authorized to board and search railways when human smuggling is suspected, according to the release.

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