OTAY MESA, Calif. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Otay Mesa commercial border crossing caught a person attempting to enter the country illegally by hiding in a shipment of corrugated cardboard.
On January 13, at 7 a.m. a tractor-trailer hauling a load of corrugated cardboard scrap arrived at the inspection facility. The officer referred the truck and shipment for x-ray examination. Officers found an anomaly, and the truck was sent to the docks to be further inspected.
At the dock, a tarp that covered the load was removed. Officers climbed on top of the shipment of cardboard and made contact with an individual hiding within the shipment. The man, a 39-year-old Mexican citizen, was detained and taken into custody.
CBP processed the man; he was ordered removed from the U.S. for a period of 20 years. The truck, driver, and shipment were released.
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.