PINE VALLEY, Calif.—U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested two United States citizens in East County San Diego on Wednesday after finding two illegal aliens in their car trunk.
At approximately 7:50 a.m., two women in a late-model Toyota Celica arrived at the primary inspection area of the Interstate 8 checkpoint. The 26-year-old female driver and her 57-year-old female passenger were referred to the secondary vehicle-inspection area.
While in secondary, agents opened the trunk with the driver’s permission. A 32-year-old male and a 25-year-old male were hidden inside; both were sweating profusely due to the heat. Agents determined that the men were Mexican nationals illegally present in the U.S.
The driver and her passenger were arrested and face Federal charges for human smuggling. Their vehicle was seized by the U.S. Border Patrol.
Last fiscal year, the San Diego Sector apprehended 29,911 people for entering the U.S. illegally.
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.