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CBP Officers Find Illegal Alien Hidden in Buckets

Release Date: 
December 17, 2010

San Diego - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers Wednesday at the San Ysidro port of entry found an illegal alien hidden in the bed of a pickup truck, hidden under a bunch of buckets with holes cut for the man's arms, legs, torso, and head so he could be hidden under tools and painting equipment.

CBP officers remove tools and painting supplies to reveal a human face in a bucket in the bed of a pick up truck.

CBP officers remove tools and painting supplies to reveal a human face in a bucket in the bed of a pick up truck.

At about 5:45 a.m. a CBP officer was roving through the lanes of traffic waiting to enter the U.S. with a human/narcotic detector dog. The canine alerted to the back of a 2004 Chevy truck, driven by a 31-year-old male U.S. citizen and resident of Los Angeles.

The CBP officer noticed several five-gallon paint buckets strapped together in the back of the truck, with various painting and construction items inside, such as paint rollers, levels, a sander, and more.

CBP officers stop a man, whose face has been blurred in this picture, trying to enter the U.S. illegally by hiding under the bed of a pickup truck, concealed by buckets cut out to hide his arms, legs, head, and torso.

CBP officers stop a man, whose face has been blurred in this picture, trying to enter the U.S. illegally by hiding under the bed of a pickup truck, concealed by buckets cut out to hide his arms, legs, head, and torso.

The CBP officer had the detector dog screen the bed of the truck, and the canine alerted to the buckets, at which point the CBP officer moved some tools in one of the buckets, and found a human face staring back at him.

CBP officers removed a 54-year-old male Mexican citizen from the bed of the truck, under the buckets. He had no legal ability to enter the U.S.

CBP officers seized the truck and arrested the driver of the vehicle, who will face federal felony charges for alien smuggling.

The man concealed in the truck bed will be a material witness before he is 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