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Feds bust human smuggler at border with four Chinese immigrants in trunk of car

March 20, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Feds bust human smuggler at border with four Chinese immigrants in trunk of car

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents arrested a man in southern California after he reportedly smuggled four Chinese immigrants in the trunk of his vehicle.

CBP officers noticed a man approaching the San Ysidro border crossing in a Chrysler 200 sedan on Tuesday. A CBP K-9 officer signaled to the presence of something in the trunk. The agents discovered four individuals later determined to be Chinese nationals inside.

Authorities found one man and three women packed in the trunk. Police helped the four out and brought them to a secure location for processing. During a background check, the officers verified that the four people were Chinese nationals with no documentation to enter the country.

The vehicle’s driver, who is a U.S. 24-year-old citizen, was taken into custody and he was turned over to the Metropolitan Correctional Center. He is facing human smuggling charges.

“Concealing persons in vehicles is dangerous and could have severe consequences,” the Director of Field Operations for CBP in San Diego Pete Flores announced in a written statement. “San Ysidro officers stopped a violation of immigration law and were able to resolve the incident safely.”

Immigrants smuggled in dangerous conditions in cars are frequently injured or killed if a driver is involved in a collision. Generally, drivers will run from Border Patrol or CBP agents to avoid prosecution for smuggling.

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