Border Patrol agents apprehended an armed 29-year-old Tucson man at the Interstate 19 immigration checkpoint near Amado on Nov. 1, 2017, after finding three Mexican nationals hidden in the trunk of his car.

Customs and Border Protection

Border Patrol agents apprehended an armed 29-year-old Tucson man at the Interstate 19 immigration checkpoint near Amado after finding three Mexican nationals hidden in the trunk of his car.

On Wednesday, agents sent the man for a secondary inspection of his Dodge Dart after an agency dog alerted to an odor in the car, according to a news release from Customs and Border Protection.

Agents discovered the illegal immigrants when they opened the vehicle’s trunk. Agents also found a loaded 9 mm pistol in the center console.

Agents arrested the man on suspicion of human smuggling and seized his vehicle and gun.