Weigh-station inspectors near San Clemente found 88 illegal aliens locked inside a tractor-trailer rig Wednesday, becoming suspicious after noticing liquid dripping from the underside of the truck.
"The inspectors felt the sides of the truck and it felt unusually warm. They called our agents over and they pounded on the sides. People inside began hollering and screaming," said Gene Smithburg, assistant chief patrol officer for the U.S. Border Patrol in San Diego.
The discovery of the aliens was the second in two days. Fifty-three aliens were found hiding in a tractor-trailer rig Tuesday in an industrial area of San Diego.
Smithburg said Border Patrol agents from the nearby San Clemente checkpoint on Interstate 5 had to use bolt-cutters to enter the rear of the tractor-trailer, which was stopped at the state truck inspection scales about 12:45 p.m.