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Border Patrol agents arrest 4 on human smuggling charges in Arizona

FILE - In this July 21, 2020, file photo, a Border Patrol vehicle sits near the border wall separating Mexicali, Mexico from Calexico, Calif., in Calexico. U.S. border authorities stopped people entering the country illegally from Mexico more than 69,000 times in October, the sixth straight monthly increase and the highest level since July 2019. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

PHOENIX — Border Patrol agents arrested four men for human smuggling and illegally entering the country on Tuesday, according to an agency release.

The men were questioned on the Tohono O’Odham Reservation south of Tucson after conducting a welfare check.

The agents found four men inside a parked sedan at around 8:30 p.m. on federal Route 15 near the town of Komelik on the reservation, according to the release.

Three of the four men admitted to being in the country illegally, with one being an El Salvador resident and the other two coming from Ecuador.

The fourth man was a U.S. citizen who was driving the vehicle, according to the release.

The driver faces charges of human smuggling, while the two passengers face immigration charges, according to the release.

No additional information is available.

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