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Human Smuggling Attempt Foiled

El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents at the Highway 86 Checkpoint rescued a man hiding in the trunk of a car.

The incident occurred at about 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday , when a man approached the checkpoint in northern Imperial County. A canine detection team alerted to the trunk of the car and the car and driver were sent to secondary inspection. When agents opened the trunk of the vehicle they found a 38-year old man inside. He was showing signs of heat related injuries and was transported to Pioneers Memorial Hospital for treatment. According to the National Weather Service the temperature at the time was 98 degrees The man , a Mexican national , was treated and released and then returned to the Border Patrol for processing. The 19-year old man driving the car , a U.S. citizen , was arrested.