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Agents Rescue 4 in Motor Home, Arrest Smugglers

Release Date: 
November 4, 2015

BOULEVARD, Calif.—U.S. Border Patrol agents on Interstate 8 arrested a couple yesterday who had illegal aliens locked in a hidden compartment inside their motor home.

The four men were trapped in the space and needed assistance to get out.

The four men were trapped in the space and needed assistance to get out.

At approximately 4:30 p.m., agents initiated a vehicle stop on a 1990 Cruiser Master motor home heading westbound on I-8, near Crestwood Road.  A Border Patrol canine alerted to the motor home, which initiated an interior search by agents.

Agents discovered four men locked inside a compartment beneath the frame of a bed.  The men admitted they were illegally present in the U.S.  Agents assisted them in exiting the compartment as they were trapped inside.

The 43-year-old male driver and his 51-year-old female companion were arrested for human smuggling.  The four men, who were Mexican nationals, were transported to a nearby station for processing.  The motor home was seized by the U.S. Border Patrol.

This is the second time this week that agents have discovered illegal aliens locked inside a vehicle compartment.  A man and woman were arrested on Saturday after agents found two men in their car trunk.

In fiscal year 2014, San Diego Sector intercepted 29,911 people for illegal entry into the U.S.

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.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017