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CBP Officers Apprehend an Undocumented Alien Hiding in a Shipment of Cardboard

Release Date: 
January 15, 2015

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.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Otay Mesa cargo port of entry assist a man who attempted to enter the country illegally by hiding in a shipment of cardboard scrap.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Otay Mesa cargo port of entry assist a man who attempted to enter the country illegally by hiding in a shipment of cardboard scrap.

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.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017