TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers at Arizona’s Port of Nogales discovered an un-clothed Mexican man with multiple injuries lying on top of coal during inspection of a rail shipment at the DeConcini crossing Wednesday afternoon.
Prior to a commercial cargo train entering the United States at the DeConcini crossing, Mexican Customs officials notified CBP officers of a possible person inside one of the rail containers.
At approximately 3:30 p.m., CBP officers inspecting incoming shipments confirmed a person was inside one of the coal railcars. Once the train stopped, CBP officers found the subject with obvious injuries. Officers immediately provided the man with a blanket, removed him from the train and took him into custody.
During questioning, the man identified himself as a citizen from Sonora, Mexico. He also told officers he was assaulted three days earlier by two individuals who took his personal belongings, including his clothes.
The man was transported to a local hospital for evaluation and treatment. He has since been medically released and is in immigration proceedings.
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.