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Smuggling truck found, agents say

May 06, 2008|Richard Marosi

The U.S. Border Patrol intercepted a semi-truck on Interstate 8 that was hauling 61 illegal immigrants Saturday night, agents said. The discovery was one of the largest of its kind in recent years in the San Diego area.

The immigrants were crowded behind boxes inside the cargo container, agents said. No one was hurt, they said, though in the past such incidents have resulted in injuries and suffocation.

Agents pulled over the truck on the eastbound lanes near the Kitchen Creek Road exit, about 40 miles east of San Diego. The 29-year-old driver, a Mexican national, is being prosecuted for immigrant smuggling.

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-- Richard Marosi

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