SALTON CITY â€”Â El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Highway 86 checkpoint seized a tractor-trailer with illegal immigrants hidden inside on Wednesday, October 5.
The incident occurred at approximately 8:45 p.m., after a 44-year-old man approached the checkpoint in a red truck with a white tractor-trailer.
A Border Patrol agent noticed that the driver was unusually nervous and referred the man to the secondary area for a closer examination.
At secondary, Border Patrol agents heard unusual noises coming from the tractor-trailer. After a search, agents discovered 19 illegal immigrants hidden in the back of the trailer with no way to open the door from the inside.
â€œThis could have been a very dangerous situation if it werenâ€™t for the air conditioner being turned on,â€ said Acting Assistant Chief Patrol Agent Miguel Garcia. â€œThe illegal immigrants had no possibilities of exiting the tractor-trailer without an outside source.â€
Within the 19 illegal immigrants there was one Guatemalan citizen, who will be processed and removed to his country of origin.
The driver, a Mexican citizen, along with the other 18 Mexican Citizens which will be processed and removed.