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CBP Finds 2 Illegal Aliens in Compartment Under Pickup Truck

Release Date: 
March 8, 2011

San Diego - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the San Ysidro port of entry Monday found two Mexican citizens attempting to cross into the U.S. illegally hidden under the bed liner of a pickup truck.

At about 2:30 p.m., a 39-year-old male U.S. citizen drove a red 1996 Dodge Ram pickup truck to the border crossing. A CBP officer was roving through the lanes of waiting traffic with a human/narcotic detector dog, when the canine alerted to the truck. The CBP officer referred the vehicle and driver for a more intensive inspection.

CBP officers found two persons hiding in this undercarriage compartment, under the bed liner of a pickup truck, trying to enter the country illegally at the San Ysidro port of entry.

CBP officers found two persons hiding in this undercarriage compartment, under the bed liner of a pickup truck, trying to enter the country illegally at the San Ysidro port of entry.

CBP officers discovered two persons, a man and a woman, hidden under the pickup truck's bed liner, in a compartment that hung under the undercarriage of the pickup.

CBP officers determined that both persons were Mexican citizens without proper legal documents to enter the U.S.

CBP officers seized the vehicle and arrested the U.S. citizen driver. He is currently being held at the Metropolitan Correctional Center. The woman will be a material witness in the case. Both Mexican citizens will be returned to Mexico.

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.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017