PINE VALLEY, Calif.—U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested two United States citizens near the Interstate 8 checkpoint on Sunday after finding an illegal alien in their car trunk.
Yesterday at approximately 11:45 a.m., agents approached a 1998 Toyota Camry that had pulled over onto the shoulder of Interstate 8. After speaking with the 39-year-old female driver and her 43-year-old male passenger, the agents requested a Border Patrol K-9 team to conduct a cursory sniff of the vehicle.
While waiting for the Border Patrol K-9 team to arrive, the driver consented to a search of the vehicle. Agents opened the trunk and discovered an 18-year-old male inside who was sweating profusely due to the heat. The trunk was not equipped with an internal escape latch and the man was not provided with any water. Agents determined that the man was a Mexican national 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.