El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Indio Station apprehended seven Mexican Nationals in a chilling attempt to pass through the Highway 86 checkpoint undetected in the confines of an almost freezing semi-tractor trailer.
The incident occurred on Thursday, at approximately 4am, when a 50-year-old male driver approached the Border Patrol checkpoint located between Westmorland and Salton City.
A Border Patrol Canine Detection Team alerted to the vehicle, a white semi-tractor trailer. Agents referred the vehicle to secondary inspection. Upon further investigation, agents discovered seven illegal aliens, one 35-year-old female, and six males, ranging in ages from 20 to 52-years-old hidden in the trailer within a load of watermelons.
The trailer’s temperature was at 48 degrees. The driver, a citizen of Mexico illegally present in the U.S, was arrested on suspicion of alien smuggling.