U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents in south San Diego arrested a man this week for attempting to smuggle four undocumented Chinese nationals in the trunk of his vehicle.
The 24-year-old man, a U.S. citizen, was arrested around 5:45 p.m. on Tuesday at the San Ysidro Port of Entry.
CBP said agents were alerted to the vehicle by a K-9 unit. When they inspected the vehicle, three women and one man were found crammed inside the trunk.
“Concealing persons in vehicles is dangerous and could have severe consequences. San Ysidro CBP officers stopped a violation of our immigration law and were able to resolve the incident safely," said Pete Flores, Director of Field Operations for CBP in San Diego, in a press release.
All four people found inside the trunk will be placed under an immigration hold and will be removed from the U.S.
The suspect was taken to Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) and will face federal charges, CBP said.