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30 illegal immigrants found in semi-truck at Border Patrol checkpoint

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SAN DIEGO (AP) - Authorities have arrested two men who were allegedly smuggling 30 illegal immigrants into the United States in a hidden compartment inside a trailer.

U.S. Border Patrol said Friday that agents inspected a semi-truck at a checkpoint in San Diego County on Thursday and found the driver didn't have a commercial license and the passenger didn't have legal papers.

Agents say they found 30 illegal immigrants, including one child, inside a compartment hidden by furniture in the back of the trailer.

Border Patrol agent Mark Endicott declined to release the names of the suspected smugglers. He says the driver is a Mexican citizen who had a border-crossing card to legally enter the United States.

Endicott says three immigrants are being held as witnesses.

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.

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