Two men died during an alleged human smuggling attempt from Mexico into the U.S. on Tuesday, authorities said.
The bodies were discovered in the trunk of a car stopped at the San Ysidro port of entry, according to a news release from the Department of Homeland Security.
A 41-year-old man, described as a U.S. citizen, arrived at the checkpoint around 2:30 p.m. driving an orange 2012 Dodge Challenger, the release stated.
Border agents ordered the car to undergo an additional imaging inspection, which detected “anomalies” in the trunk.
Inside the trunk, officers found two men, a 28-year-old and a 20-year-old, who appeared to be unconscious and not breathing, the release said.
They were taken to a local hospital where they were declared dead.
Both men were citizens of Mexico and had no legal means to enter the United States, officials said.
“There is no safe way to try and illegally cross the border,” said U.S. Customs and Border Protection San Diego Director of Field Operations Pete Flores. “If you are trusting a criminal organization, then you are putting your life or the life of a family member in the hands of people who only care about money, not about people.”
The driver was taken into custody.