TBO.com: Tampa Bay Online, The Tampa Tribune and The Tampa Times - breaking news and weather.
Friday, Aug 29, 2014
Offbeat

Hot cargo: Man tries to sneak into U.S. in chile shipment


Published:

COLUMBUS, N.M. – Authorities say an immigrant suspected of entering the country illegally attempted to make his journey in an unusual but hot place – a shipment of red chile.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at a New Mexico border checkpoint said the man was discovered Thursday face down among a commercial load of the spicy stuff.

Columbus Port Director Robert Reza says next to the “highly intoxicated” 35-year-old was a bottle of tequila.

The man, who authorities described as a Mexican national, told agents that he climbed into the commercial hopper while it was being staged in Mexico hoping to catch a ride to Chicago. But agents said he got less than 100 yards into New Mexico before he was discovered.

The red chile shipment was later released.

Subscribe to The Tampa Tribune

Comments