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Agents Seize Clone Van Attempting to Smuggle 3 Individuals, USC Driver Arrested

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SALTON CITY, Calif. – El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents seized a clone delivery truck and arrested a United States citizen accused of transporting three undocumented individuals Thursday afternoon. 

At approximately 3:20 p.m., a white 2016 Ford Transit 250 van approached the Highway 86 checkpoint. The agent inspecting vehicles in primary lanes referred the vehicle to secondary lanes for further inspection. 

After getting consent to search the cargo area of the van, agents discovered three undocumented individuals attempting to conceal themselves inside of cardboard boxes. The driver and the three undocumented individuals, all adult males, Mexican nationals were arrested and taken into custody at the Highway 86 Checkpoint for further investigation.

The driver, a 24-year-old male, United States citizen will face federal charges.

The cloned vehicle was seized per El Centro Sector guidelines.

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Last Modified: December 8, 2021