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Fake UPS truck used to smuggle illegal immigrants, agents say

It certainly was a special delivery.

After U.S. Border Patrol agents spotted what appeared to be a UPS truck trying to avoid a checkpoint on Highway 111 in Niland last Friday morning, they pulled the vehicle over for a search, the agency reported Wednesday.

Thirteen people were hiding inside.

But the truck turned out not to be with UPS, and the driver, a 21-year-old man identified only as a U.S. citizen, was arrested in the Imperial County incident, the agency said. So were the passengers, who were identified as Mexican citizens without legal immigration documents.

The phony truck also was taken into custody.

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— Kate Mather

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