CBP Officers at the Calexico West Port of Entry detect Syrian man attempting to sneak into U.S. on a train

CALEXICO — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers sent out a news release stating officers working at the Calexico West Port of Entry thwarted a dangerous human-smuggling attempt Monday, November 25, after discovering a teen concealed in the dashboard compartment of a vehicle.

According to the release, the incident occurred at about 8:30 a.m. when a 28-year-old man and his 21-year-old male passenger entered the Calexico West port driving a 2001 Ford Taurus. A CBP officer referred all occupants and vehicle for further examination.

CBP officers conducted a physical search of the vehicle and discovered a teenager hiding inside the dashboard compartment.

Officers extracted the teen, a 17-year-old Mexican citizen, and escorted him to a secure location for health checks and further processing. Record checks revealed the teen was previously apprehended in March 2019, attempting to illegally enter the U.S. at the Otay Mesa port of entry using a document that did not legally belong to him.

“Smuggling a person in a confined space is dangerous and can have serious consequences,” said Officer in Charge, Sergio Beltran. “In this instance, no one was seriously injured during this attempted illegal entry.”

The driver and passenger, both U.S. citizens, were arrested and later transported to the Imperial County Jail to await criminal proceedings.

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