PINE VALLEY, Calif.—U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested a 20-year-old man suspected of human smuggling at the Interstate 8 checkpoint on Thursday.
At approximately 4:05 p.m., Border Patrol agents at the Pine Valley checkpoint encountered a U.S. citizen driving a gray Volvo. Agents conducted an inspection of the car and discovered two men locked in the trunk.
The Mexican national men were found to be illegally present in the U.S. and were transported to a local station for processing. The driver was arrested and faces Federal charges. The vehicle was seized by the U.S. Border Patrol.
The San Diego Sector apprehended 29,911 people for entering the U.S. illegally during the 2014 fiscal year.
To prevent the illicit smuggling of humans, drugs, and other contraband, the U.S. Border Patrol maintains a high level of vigilance on corridors of egress away from our Nation’s borders. To report suspicious activity to the U.S. Border Patrol, contact San Diego Sector at (619) 498-9900.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.