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Border Patrol Stops Tractor-Trailer, Finds 30 Immigrants Inside

Release Date: 
October 18, 2016

SALTON CITY, Calif. – El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Highway 86 checkpoint stopped a tractor-trailer and discovered 30 illegal immigrants hidden inside on Monday.

The incident occurred at approximately 9:15 p.m., after agents stopped a black and white tractor-trailer for an immigration check.

During a search of the trailer, agents discovered 30 illegal immigrants hidden inside.  The immigrants were locked in the trailer from the outside which presented a very dangerous situation.

30 immigrants were locked inside this tractor-trailer.
Agents found 30 immigrants locked
inside this tractor-trailer.

“These arrests highlight the importance of our checkpoints.  It also speaks to the outstanding and vigilant work that Border Patrol agents do on a daily basis to keep our country safe and protect human life,” said Ryan J. Scudder, Acting Chief Patrol Agent of the El Centro Sector.

The driver who is a Mexican citizen, along with the other 30 Mexican citizens will be processed and removed.

This is the second arrest of this type in the El Centro Sector this month.  There were 19 arrested in a previous event.  Read about it here.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017