Mexican Trucker Arrested in Big Rig Human Smuggling Bust
Salton City, CA – A truck driver from Mexico was arrested this week after authorities say he attempted to smuggle a dozen people into the United States by big rig.
The incident occurred on Tuesday at the El Centro Sector.
According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), a man driving a grey 2007 Freightliner semi tractor-trailer approached the checkpoint at approximately 3:40 p.m.
During an immigration check on the driver in primary inspection, a Border Patrol K-9 detection team alerted to the cargo area of the trailer.
The driver was then referred to secondary for further inspection.
During secondary inspection, CBP reports agents inspected the cargo area of the tractor-trailer and discovered 12 individuals locked inside with no safety restraints and no way to extricate themselves from the inside.
Agents safely removed all of the subjects and conducted welfare checks.
The driver, a 36-year-old man from Mexico, was determined to be illegally present in the U.S.
Additionally, the twelve individuals, which included 10 adult men, and 2 adult women, were placed under arrest.
The driver was processed for alien smuggling and all twelve individuals were expelled back to Mexico, CBP said.
This incident marks the seventh of its kind this year in the Imperial Valley and the second just this month.
On May 5, El Centro Sector agents discovered 6 smuggled immigrants in a hydraulic dump trailer hauled by a semi-truck.
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