U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents discovered four Chinese nationals inside a 2014 Chrysler 200 that was driven by a 24-year-old U.S. citizen March 14 along the U.S. -Mexico near California.
When they inspected and opened the trunk of the auto, officers were surprised to find four Chinese immigrants, three women and one man, stuffed in the small compartment. Officers said that's when they found 12 pounds of cocaine and 34 pounds of meth, worth an estimated $240,000 combined.
Officers seized the drugs and vehicles, and turned the subjects over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.
Officers then opened the trunk and found three women and a man crammed inside the small storage space.
"Concealing persons in vehicles is risky and could have severe consequences", said Peter Flores, director of field operations for CBP in San Diego.
When agents instructed the driver, a 24-year-old USA citizen, to pop the trunk, they made a surprising discovery: four Chinese nationals "crammed inside".
The driver of the vehicle was taken in and is looking at human smuggling charges.
Authorities placed an immigration hold on the Chinese nationals, who were expected to be deported "at the conclusion of the criminal proceedings".