Border Patrol stops human smuggling attempt

3 men hid in wooden box under the bed of RV

SALTON CITY, Calif. - Border Patrol agents with the El Centro Sector apprehended three undocumented Mexican Nationals during an attempt to pass through the Hwy. 86 checkpoint on Wednesday afternoon.

An RV driven by a 23 year-old U.S. citizen  was stopped around 2 p.m. by agents assigned to the Indio Station, according to authorities. 

He had an 18 year-old woman, also a U.S. citizen, as his passenger.

After a K9 alerted agents to the RV, they discovered a wooden box in the rear storage compartment under the bed of the vehicle with a lid screwed onto it.

Agents said they unscrewed the lid and found three illegal aliens inside the box.

One was 17, one was 19 and the other was 21 years-old.

Authorities arrested the driver and passenger on suspicion of alien smuggling.

The three Mexican Nationals were taken into custody by Border Patrol. 

Photos: Human smuggling attempt caught by Border Patrol

comments powered by Disqus

Photo Galleries

  • World's most empathetic countries
    Justin Setterfield/Getty Images

    World's most empathetic countries

    Michigan State University has put together a list of the most empathetic countries. Researchers interviewed more than 100,000 adults from 63 countries and found "higher empathy countries also have higher levels of collectivism, agreeableness, conscientiousness, self-esteem, emotionality, subjective well-being, and prosocial behavior." Find out the top 10 countries that made the list.

    Read More »
  • On this day: October 22
    Stephen Shugerman/Getty Images

    On this day: October 22

    The first parachute jump takes place, "Pretty Boy" Floyd is gunned down, football meets television, and The Supremes top the charts, all on this day.

    Read More »
  • Everything you wanted to know about the Electoral College
    William Thomas Cain/Getty Images

    Everything you wanted to know about the Electoral College

    The person ahead in the popular vote might not actually win the presidency. Why? The Electoral College takes the final vote -- not us.

    Read More »
  • Best Clinton, Trump lines from Alfred E. Smith dinner

    Best Clinton, Trump lines from Alfred E. Smith dinner

      Less than a day after their heated final presidential debate, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton traded shots at the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Dinner. Here's a look at the most memorable lines from the event.

    Read More »
  • Most popular Halloween pet costumes
    John Moore/Getty Images

    Most popular Halloween pet costumes

    Halloween isn't just for humans to dress in costume. About 16 percent of consumers plan to dress their pets up too, according to the National Retail Federation. The group put together a list of the top costumes for pets. Click through to see what made the list, including the devil.

    Read More »