PINE VALLEY, Calif.—U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested a man at the Interstate 8 checkpoint last night who had two illegal aliens locked inside his car trunk.
At approximately 7:30 p.m., a 49-year-old U.S. citizen arrived at the Pine Valley checkpoint driving a 2014 Hyundai Elantra. Agents referred the male driver for a secondary inspection. While in secondary, agents opened the locked Elantra trunk and discovered two men inside. The men were sweating profusely due to high temperatures and lack of ventilation and the locked trunk had no visible means of escape.
Agents determined that the two men in the trunk were Mexican nationals illegally present in the U.S. All three men were arrested and taken to a nearby station for processing. The driver faces Federal charges for human smuggling.
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.