US flag Official website of the Department of Homeland Security

Archived Content

In an effort to keep CBP.gov current, the archive contains content from a previous administration or is otherwise outdated.

Border Patrol Rescues Man Stuck in Trunk

Release Date: 
June 29, 2015

CALEXICO, Calif. – El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Calexico Station rescued an undocumented alien from the trunk of a vehicle in downtown Calexico on Sunday.

The incident occurred at approximately 10 p.m., when Border Patrol agents searched for a man that earlier made an illegal entry.  An unidentified male approached the south side of the border fence and informed agents that a man was inside the trunk of a 1994 Honda Prelude parked near the 700 block of E. Second Street.

Agents approached the car and knocked on the trunk of the car to verify if there was anyone inside.  The agents heard a faint voice emitted from the trunk ask for help.  Border Patrol agents called the Calexico Fire Department for assistance.  While the fire department was en route, the agents broke the car’s window and triggered the trunk release latch and extracted a 22-year-old Mexican man

Agents rendered aid to the man until emergency medical services arrived.

The man was treated for heat exhaustion and refused any further medical treatment.

The man was taken to the Calexico Border Patrol Station for processing and later returned to Mexico.

The vehicle was seized for alien smuggling.

Last fiscal year, El Centro Sector  had 14,511 apprehensions.

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 1-800-901-2003.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017