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U.S. Border Patrol agents discover undocumented migrant hiding inside pile of wood shavings

June 4, 2018  |  Posted by: Michael Falzarano
U.S. Border Patrol agents discover undocumented migrant hiding inside pile of wood shavings

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U.S. Border Patrol agents bust undocumented migrant hiding inside a pile of wood shavings

U.S. Border Patrol agents stationed at the Otay Mesa border crossing in San Diego discovered an undocumented migrant attempting to illegally cross the border into the U.S. by hiding inside a shipment of wood shavings.

Authorities said agents made the discovery last week while inspecting a tractor-trailer transporting the shipment from Mexico.

The rig was driven by a Mexican national who had a validated visa, Fox5 reported.

The trailer was taken to a secondary inspection station where an x-ray imaging system picked up an “anomaly.”

Upon a closer inspection, Border Patrol agents discovered a man hiding inside the pile of wood shavings.

He was subsequently taken to a hospital for a medical evaluation before he and the truck driver were taken into custody for illegal entry.

“In this situation, the truck trailer was x-rayed using the imaging system and we detected an anomaly, so we just did our inspection, went up there, removed the tarp from the top of the trailer and discovered one man hiding inside,” said Customs and Border Protection Supervisor Shalene Thomas.

“Who’s to say how long he was in there and what kind of damage was done, so in order to make sure that we did our diligence to make sure that this person was adequately checked out and safe, we took him to the hospital, got him evaluated and then he was released,” Thomas said.

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