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12 people discovered inside stack of hay during smuggling attempt

Border Patrol finds 12 people inside stack of hay
12 people discovered inside stack of hay at checkpoint, Border Patrol says
Posted at 3:49 PM, Jun 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-19 19:03:51-04

PINE VALLEY, Calif. (KGTV) -- A dozen undocumented migrants were arrested Thursday after they were discovered inside a stack of hay aboard a tractor trailer, Border Patrol says.

According to the agency, the discovery was made at the Interstate 8 checkpoint in Pine Valley around 3:30 p.m. Thursday.

USBP says a K-9 alerted Border Patrol agents about a void inside the trailer, containing the migrants.

All 12 people were arrested along with the 46-year-old driver, who is a U.S. citizen, Border Patrol says.

“Human smugglers have no regard for life,” said Chief Patrol Agent Aaron M. Heitke. “This tight space within the hay-stacks was not ventilated and was not designed with passenger safety in mind. I am proud of our agents. Their dedication to service and the preservation of life prevented serious harm from befalling these individuals.”