The United States Customs and Border Protection said on Friday a Brazilian man was caught by officers attempting to enter the U.S. illegally from Mexico by hiding in an SUV’s gas tank compartment.
Authorities said that a forty-year-old U.S. citizen driving a 2001 Toyota Sequoia was pulled over by border agents for an inspection.
Officials said in a statement, “While conducting an intensive inspection of the SUV, officers used the port’s imaging system and discovered anomalies in the vehicle’s gas tank and under the rear seats,” adding, “The officers continued searching the area and discovered a man hidden inside the partially modified gas tank”.
Authorities identified the man as a thirty-eight-year-old Brazilian citizen. The driver from Calexico, California will face federal charges.