Man found inside gas tank in Calexico

Man found inside gas tank in Calexico

CALEXICO, Calif. – A Brazilian man was found hiding inside the gas tank of an SUV at the Calexico east port of entry.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers say a Calexico man drove up to the port early Tuesday morning. The man was sent to secondary inspection where officers noticed anomalies in the gas tank of the car with the use of the port’s imaging system. The 38-year-old Brazilian man was eventually found inside the modified gas tank during a search of the car.

“While the vast majority of the smuggling attempts uncovered at the port of entry involve citizens from the United States and Mexico, from time to time we do encounter smuggling attempts involving citizens from Central and South America, as well as other areas around the world,” said David Salazar, Acting Port Director for the Calexico ports of entry. “CBP has no tolerance for violations of immigration law, especially cases involving human smuggling in such hazardous conditions.”

The driver of the car, a 40-year-old U.S. citizen, was arrested and will be facing federal charges according to CBP officers.

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Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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