Border patrol busts truck driver trying to smuggle 7 people into

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Border patrol busts truck driver trying to smuggle 7 people into U.S.

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SALTON CITY, Calif. (KSWT News 13) - Border Patrol busted a truck driver with seven Mexican citizens hiding within a load of chilled watermelons in the trailer.

It happened early this morning, at around 4:00 a.m.

A 50-year-old truck driver approached a Border Patrol checkpoint between Westmorland and Salton City. 

A drug-sniffing dog alerted agents to the trailer of the semi-tractor, where agents found seven people hiding in nearly freezing temperatures inside a load of chilled watermelons.

All seven people were Mexican citizens and between the ages of 20 and 52.

Only one was a woman.

The trailer's temperature was at 48 degrees. 

The driver was arrested on suspicion of alien smuggling. 

 

 

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