(NEW YORK POST) – Federal agents foiled a human smuggling attempt along the US-Mexico border in San Diego when they found 11 Chinese nationals hiding inside a moving truck full of furniture, officials said.
The Customs and Border Patrol officers stopped a 42-year-old US citizen behind the wheel of the truck arriving from Mexico at the San Ysidro crossing about 5:30 p.m. Saturday.
After stopping the vehicle for a secondary search, they found the group crammed inside various pieces of furniture and other items — with one also crouching inside a washing machine.
The unidentified driver was arrested for attempted human smuggling and later transported to the Metropolitan Correctional Center, officials said.
The CBP placed an immigration hold on the Chinese nationals pending criminal and immigration proceedings, according a statement from the federal agency.
“(Customs and Border Protection) cannot stress enough the dangers of smuggling people,” Pete Flores, director of field operations in San Diego for the agency, said in a statement.
“These are human beings that smugglers subject to inhumane conditions that could have deadly consequences,” Flores said. “Fortunately no one was seriously injured.”
On Nov. 7, CBP officers at the same location found six Chinese nationals concealed in another moving truck, behind a false wall.