Big Smuggling Scheme Discovered

By R. Stickney
|  Friday, Oct 30, 2009  |  Updated 5:00 PM PDT
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Big Smuggling Scheme Discovered

U.S. Border Patrol

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U.S. Border Patrol agents in Jamul discovered 30 illegal immigrants hiding underneath the floor in a semi-truck Thursday.

Agents held three immigrants as witnesses and arrested two men accused of human smuggling.

An inspection at a U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint around 10:15 a.m. found the driver didn't have a commercial license and the passenger didn't have legal papers.

A second inspection revealed 30 illegal immigrants, including one child, inside a compartment hidden by furniture in the back of the truck, accessible by a trap door.

Border Patrol agent Mark Endicott declined to release the names of the suspected smugglers. He says the driver is a Mexican citizen who had a border-crossing card to legally enter the United States.

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