U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers thwarted a suspected human smuggling attempt over the weekend when they found 11 Chinese migrants hidden inside furniture in a moving truck at the San Ysidro Port of Entry, according to KTLA sister station KSWB in San Diego.
Around 5:25 p.m. Saturday, a 42-year-old man driving a moving truck arrived at the border crossing from Mexico, CBP said in a news release. During a check, an officer referred the truck for further inspection.
Officers searched the truck and found 11 Chinese nationals concealed within various pieces of furniture, including a washing machine, a chest and a dresser.
Officers took the driver into custody and transported him to the Metropolitan Correctional Center to await criminal proceedings. Officers placed an immigration hold on the Chinese nationals for pending criminal and immigration proceedings.
“CBP cannot stress enough the dangers of smuggling people,” Pete Flores, CBP’s field operations director for San Diego, said in a statement. “These are human beings that smugglers subject to inhumane conditions that could have deadly consequences. Fortunately no one was seriously injured.”