• Illegal Immigrant Found Hidden In Car’s Gas Tank

    U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers on Friday stopped an attempt to enter the U.S. illegally after discovering an undocumented woman concealed under the rear seat of a vehicle.

    A 30-year-old woman traveling with her three-year-old daughter entered the Otay Mesa border in California.

    A CBP officer noticed the woman appeared nervous when she arrived for inspection and referred her aside for further review.

    Officers detected anomalies in the Honda’s gas tank and the area under the rear seat with the port’s imaging system.

    They removed the child seat from the rear seat of the vehicle, discovered a hidden compartment built into the gas tank underneath and discovered an undocumented woman lying in a fetal position inside while searching the compartment.

    Officers extracted the woman, a 23-year-old Mexican citizen, from the compartment and escorted her to a secure location for further processing.

    The driver was arrested and will face federal charges related to the incident.

    The child was released to the custody of a Child Protective Services and CBP seized the vehicle.

    CBP placed an immigration hold on the undocumented woman to deportation at the conclusion of the criminal proceedings.

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