Border officers arrest 2 people in East County human smuggling attempt

JAMUL, Calif. (KGTV) – Two men were arrested Sunday in a thwarted human trafficking attempt in East County, according to US Customs and Border Protection.

On Sunday, June 20, at around 9:30 a.m., border patrol officers said a 28-year-old man driving a flatbed tow truck approached the Highway 94 checkpoint in Jamul. In the front passenger seat was a 36-year-old man.

While an officer questioned the two men about their immigration status, another officer climbed onto the bed of the tow truck to inspect the van. The officer spotted the silhouette of a human body through a tinted window in the back, according to Border Patrol.

Officers found 4 Mexican nationals inside the SUV illegally present in the United States. Officers described the men as sweating profusely due to the high temperature inside the van.

Officers also discovered a loaded handgun in a toolbox near the driver’s seat. They contacted the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, who responded, cited the driver for improper transportation of a firearm, and took possession of the loaded handgun.

Both men could face human trafficking charges. The border patrol seized the van and the tow truck was returned to the towing company.

The four undocumented people were taken to a local border patrol post for treatment.

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