SALTON CITY, CALIF.—Yesterday, El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Indio Station apprehended a suspected human smuggler after agents found a man hidden in the trunk of his vehicle at the Highway 86 checkpoint.
The incident occurred at approximately 7 p.m., when a 19-year-old male driver approached the Border Patrol checkpoint located between Westmorland and Salton City. A canine detection team alerted to the 2012 Hyundai Sonata as it approached the primary inspection lane. The vehicle was promptly referred to secondary inspection where agents discovered a man hiding in the trunk. The 38-year-old man, a Mexican national was showing symptoms of heat related injuries. Agents immediately contacted Emergency Medical Technicians, who transported the man to Pioneer's Memorial Hospital. The 38-year-old year old man was later released and transported back to the checkpoint for processing.
The male driver, a United States citizen, was taken into custody and is pending prosecution.
The El Centro Sector's Community Awareness Campaign is a simple and effective program to raise public awareness on the indicators of crime and other threats. We encourage public and private sector employees to remain vigilant and play a key role in keeping our country safe. Please report any suspicious activity to the Border Community Threat Hotline at (800) 901-2003.
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.