Mexican truck smuggling 73 migrants thwarted at border

By Charlie Morasch, Land Line staff writer | Wednesday, June 10, 2009

A 50-year-old Mexican man is in federal custody after allegedly smuggling 73 Mexican nationals into the U.S. in his truck’s trailer Saturday evening, June 6.

According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, border patrol agents at the Pine Valley checkpoint in Campo, CA, sent a truck to secondary inspection after the driver appeared nervous at 5:45 p.m. on Saturday, June 6. Police dogs alerted agents to the trailer, leading the agents to search inside the cab and trailer.

In the cab, agents found a plastic container with a “white, powdery substance” that the driver said was methamphetamine, according to a news release from Customs and Border Protection. Inside the trailer, agents found 53 men and 20 women.

The driver is awaiting prosecution for alien smuggling.

The U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint in Pine Valley has caught several trucks smuggling humans recently.

In March, 25 Mexican nationals were arrested after they were found being smuggled inside a trailer. On April 29, agents arrested 11 Mexican nationals who were smuggled inside a “modified compartment” of a tractor-trailer, the Border Patrol stated.

Since October 2008, the Border Patrol’s San Diego sector has apprehended more than 75,500 people in the country illegally.

– By Charlie Morasch, staff writer
charlie_morasch@landlinemag.com

 

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