U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Man is accused of trying to smuggle 4 Chinese citizens across U.S. border inside car trunk

Man is accused of trying to smuggle 4 Chinese citizens across U.S. border inside car trunk

A 24-year-old man with U.S. citizenship pulled up to a border crossing from Mexico this week, seemingly with an empty Chrysler sedan.

But a U.S. Customs and Border Protection dog indicated there was some illicit cargo.

Inside the trunk they found four Chinese citizens crammed together, none with the proper clearance to legally enter the U.S., according to a statement from Customs and Border Protection.

The alleged smuggling attempt occurred Tuesday just before 6 p.m. at the San Ysidro border crossing. Officials released details of the incident Thursday.

The driver, whose name was not released, was taken into federal custody and is at the Metropolitan Correctional...

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