During the inspection of the vehicle “anomalies” were detected in the gas tank by the imaging system used to search. Further search into the gas tank area of the vehicle was done. The officers discovered a man hidden inside a compartment that was specially built in the gas tank of the pickup. “The hidden compartment was built into the top half of the gas tank,” said CBP officials. “The bottom half of the gas tank contained enough gasoline for the pickup’s operation.”
The 31-year-old Chinese citizen was removed from the compartment and was escorted to another location for processing. He is on an immigration hold and will be removed from the U.S. following the criminal proceedings. The Mexicali resident driver was arrested and now faces federal charges for the attempted human smuggling attempt.
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