U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers searching a vehicle that was entering the Calexico West port found a teenager hiding inside a dashboard compartment.
The 17-year-old Mexican teen was taken to a secure location and a medical check, the Customs and Border Protection Department said.
The incident happened on November 25 when a 28-year-old man and his 21-year-old male passenger entered the Calexico West port driving a 2001 Ford Taurus.
“Smuggling a person in a confined space is dangerous and can have serious consequences,” said Officer in Charge Sergio Beltran.
The driver and passenger of the Ford Taurus were arrested and taken to Imperial County Jail to await criminal proceedings. Authorities said both individuals are U.S. citizens.