Nine un­doc­u­mented im­mi­grants found in­side trailer

Imperial Valley Press - - NEWS -

El Cen­tro Sec­tor Border Pa­trol agents ar­rested two in­di­vid­u­als at­tempt­ing to smug­gle nine un­doc­u­mented im­mi­grants locked in the bed of a trac­tor-trailer, a Cus­toms and Border Pro­tec­tion news re­lease an­nounced.

The in­ci­dent oc­curred ap­prox­i­mately 8:30 p.m. Mon­day when agents were con­duct­ing sur­veil­lance on a white 2010 Volvo trac­tor trailer and a white 2015 Dodge Du­rango trav­el­ing west­bound on In­ter­state 8.

Sub­se­quently, agents lost sight of the Du­rango and fol­lowed the trac­tor-trailer as it ap­proached the Campo Border Pa­trol check­point on I-8.

Dur­ing pri­mary in­spec­tion, BP agents con­ducted an im­mi­gra­tion check on the driver.

Dur­ing this in­spec­tion, a BP ca­nine de­tec­tion team alerted to the rear cargo area of the trailer, and the truck was re­ferred to se­condary for fur­ther in­spec­tion.

Af­ter fur­ther in­spec­tion of the cargo area, agents dis­cov­ered nine un­doc­u­mented im­mi­grants who had been locked in­side the bed of the trailer.

“This hu­man smug­gling tech­nique is ex­tremely cal­lous,” said Chief Pa­trol Agent Glo­ria I. Chavez. “We’ve seen all too of­ten when peo­ple are locked in­side trac­tor-trail­ers like this with no means of es­cape, they are at the mercy of ma­li­cious smug­glers. Smug­gling cases such as th­ese are a high pri­or­ity for prose­cu­tion in the El Cen­tro Sec­tor.”

The male driver, a Mex­i­can ci­ti­zen and all nine un­doc­u­mented im­mi­grants were placed un­der ar­rest.

Later that evening, agents ob­served the driver of the Dodge Du­rango mak­ing un­usual driv­ing pat­terns on In­ter­state 8.

Through ques­tion­ing, agents de­ter­mined the male driver, a Mex­i­can ci­ti­zen, was a co-con­spir­a­tor in the smug­gling at­tempt.

The Campo Border Pa­trol Sta­tion as­sisted El Cen­tro Sec­tor agents with the ap­pre­hen­sions.

Both driv­ers were placed un­der fed­eral cus­tody pend­ing felony alien smug­gling charges.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF CBP

Nine un­doc­u­mented im­mi­grants were found smug­gled in­side the bed of a trac­tor-trailer on Mon­day at the Campo Border Pa­trol check­point on In­ter­state 8.

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