No Wonder the Driver Was ‘Nervous'

A concealed trap door in a tractor-trailer in the East County revealed several people hiding in a false compartment, US Border Patrol agents said. 

Agents say the driver seemed nervous when they pulled over the tractor-trailer Tuesday on Interstate 8 near the Crestwood exit, so they searched the vehicle.

They searched the trailer and found a wooden wall at the far end with a false compartment and eight people inside. Among the group were seven illegal immigrants from Mexico and a 28-year-old Mexican national identified as the group’s foot guide. 

The driver of the semi, a 35-year-old Mexican national and his foot guide were arrested and taken into federal custody to await prosecution for alien smuggling.


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