PINE VALLEY, Calif.—U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested two United States citizens in East County San Diego on Saturday after finding three illegal aliens in their car trunk.
At approximately 4 p.m., two men in a silver 2008 Volkswagen Jetta approached the inspection area of the Interstate 8 Border Patrol checkpoint. A U.S. Border Patrol canine team conducted a sniff of the vehicle. The canine alerted and agents investigated further.
A search of the vehicle revealed three concealed individuals in the trunk. The two women and one male (ages ranging from 19 to 28) were sweating profusely due to high temperature and lack of ventilation. Agents determined the three individuals to be Mexican nationals illegally present in the country.
The 26 year-old male driver and the 31 year-old male 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.