Salton City, Calif. – Thursday, June 20, El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Indio Station apprehended a suspected human smuggler after agents found a man hidden in the trunk of his vehicle at the Highway 86 checkpoint.
The incident occurred at approximately 7 p.m., when a 19-year-old male driver approached the Border Patrol checkpoint located between Westmorland and Salton City. A canine detection team alerted to the 2012 Hyundai Sonata as it approached the primary inspection lane. The vehicle was promptly referred to secondary inspection where agents discovered a man hiding in the trunk. The 38-year-old man, a Mexican national was showing symptoms of heat related injuries. Agents immediately contacted Emergency Medical Technicians, who transported the man to Pioneer’s Memorial Hospital. The 38-year-old year old man was later released and transported back to the checkpoint for processing.
The male driver, a United States citizen, was taken into custody and is pending prosecution.
The El Centro Sector’s Community Awareness Campaign is a simple and effective program to raise public awareness on the indicators of crime and other threats. We encourage public and private sector employees to remain vigilant and play a key role in keeping our country safe. Please report any suspicious activity to the Border Community Threat Hotline at (800) 901-2003.