OCOTILLO, Calif. (KYMA, KECY)-Border Patrol agents arrested a man after smuggling nine undocumented immigrants in his tractor-trailer at the Highway S-2 immigration checkpoint.
The El Centro Sector Border Patrol says a man driving a gold 1995 semi tractor-trailer approached the checkpoint on Sunday at approximately 2:30 a.m. During an immigration check on the driver, agents were given consent to inspect the cabin of the semi-truck.
During the inspection agents found nine people hiding in the sleeper cabin.
The driver and the nine undocumented immigrants were arrested.
Agents say it also found a glass pipe with residue consistent with methamphetamine in the driver's pocket.
The driver, a 34-year-old legal permanent resident from Mexico, was processed administratively for alien smuggling. The glass pipe and the semi tractor-trailer were seized.
The undocumented immigrants, seven men, and two women, all from Mexico, were expelled back to their country of origin.