PINE VALLEY, Calif. — U.S. Border Patrol agents in San Diego Sector intercepted two men at the Pine Valley checkpoint last night who had a Mexican national locked inside the trunk of their vehicle.
At approximately 9:15 p.m., agents at the Interstate 8 checkpoint referred a black Chrysler 300 sedan for a secondary inspection. Asking the 30-year-old male driver and his 33-year-old male passenger to step out of the vehicle, agents conducted an inspection of the vehicle and found a man who was locked inside the car’s small trunk.
While checking to see if the man needed medical attention, the man admitted that he was a Mexican national who was illegally present in the U.S.
The three men were taken into custody. The driver and his passenger face human smuggling charges. The vehicle was seized by the U.S. Border Patrol.
David BeMiller, Patrol Agent in Charge of the Campo Station, said “Outstanding team work by Campo Border Patrol Agents led to the arrest of these ruthless human smugglers and now they face criminal prosecution.”
In fiscal year 2015, San Diego Sector recorded 53 human smuggling events and rescued 105 people.
To prevent the illicit smuggling of humans, drugs, and other contraband, the U.S. Border Patrol maintains a high level of vigilance in corridors of egress away from our Nation’s borders. To report suspicious activity to the U.S. Border Patrol, contact San Diego Sector at (619) 498-9900.
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.