Have you wondered about how inventive the human mind can be when it comes to smuggling stuff across the border? Recently, the officers working at the San Ysidro border control discovered how far is one willing to go in order to transport illegal immigrants across the US border. According to the authorities, a 24-year-old American citizen was recently arrested after border control agents found four Chinese nationals hidden in his trunk.
As strange as it would might sound, border patrol working the US-Mexico border at San Ysidro, recently apprehended a 24-year-old driver who attempted to smuggle four Chinese citizens into the country. The events which led to the peculiar finding started to unfold during a routine check.
As you are aware, border patrol officers usually employ K-9 units for any number of reasons, drug trafficking being among of them. Having a heightened sense of smell, dogs can easily detect things like drugs, explosives, and, of course, people.
During such a routine check, a K-9 unit approached a male driver and asked him to step out of the vehicle, as one of the dogs indicated that the car might be carrying something legal. After exiting his car, the man was asked by the border patrol officers to open the trunk. What followed next might have been considered remotely amusing, if not for legal implications.
Upon opening the trunk, the officers saw four people inside, desperately trying to get a breath of fresh air. According to the authorities, four Chinese citizens were found inside the young driver’s car, three men, and one woman.
At the time they were discovered, the people were sitting in very awkward positions to fit inside the trunk. Naturally, the Chinese citizens found inside the young driver’s car did not have the authorization to enter the country, so they must have resorted to this final solution.
However, despite the legal implication, this type of people-smuggling across the border can be dangerous, if not life-threatening. One can recall the Tilbury docks incident from 2014 when the British authorities found 34 illegal Afghan immigrates dead inside a metal cargo container. Official reports stated that the people inside the tank must have died due to hypothermia.
As for the young driver who tried to smuggle the four Chinese citizens across the US border, he was placed under arrest. The illegal immigrants will probably remain in the country, pending the outcome of the man’s trial.
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