BORDER PATROL FINDS SMUGGLED IMMIGRANTS IN TRUNK AT EAST COUNTY CHECKPOINT

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East County News Service

Photo: U.S. Border Patrol

July 7, 2015 (Pine Valley) -- U.S. Border Patrol agents at a checkpoint on I-8 near Pine Valley found three undocumented Mexican immigrants in a vehicle trunk and arrested three American citizens on Monday.

Two men in a silver 2008 Volkswagen Jetta approached the checkpoint around 4 p.m. A U.S. Border Patrol canine team alerted agents, who found two women and a man in the trunk. According to the Border Patrol, all three of the immigrants were sweating profusely from the high temperature and lack of ventilation.

The driver and his passenger were arrested and face federal charges for human smuggling. Their vehicle was seized by the Border Patrol.

Last year, San Diego Border Patrol officers apprehended over 29,000 people for entering the U.S. illegally.

To report suspicious activity to the U.S. Border Patrol, contact San Diego Sector at (619) 498-9900.