A 54-year-old man, previously arrested and convicted for alien smuggling and on supervise released, was arrested this week for et another failed attempt.
According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection CBP, the unidentified U.S. citizen convict attempted to smuggle seven Mexican nationals through the Interstate 8 immigration checkpoint on Monday morning.
The man was driving a Ford Econoline van at approximately 1:45 a.m. when agents sent him to the secondary inspection area for an immigration check. While conducting the immigration inspection, agents discovered that seven of the 12 vehicle occupants were Mexican nationals without proper documentation that would allow them to work or reside in the U.S. legally.
Six of the Mexican nationals were returned to Mexico, according to CBP, and an unaccompanied juvenile was turned over to the Mexican Consulate.
Agents seized the van and released all remaining vehicle occupants.