Woman tries to sneak into U.S. at Arizona border inside suitcase

PHOENIX Tue Jan 7, 2014 5:38pm EST

A woman in a suitcase is shown in this December 30, 2013 U.S. Customs and Border Protection handout photograph released to Reuters on January 7, 2014. REUTERS/U.S. Customs and Border Protection/Handout via Reuters

A woman in a suitcase is shown in this December 30, 2013 U.S. Customs and Border Protection handout photograph released to Reuters on January 7, 2014.

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PHOENIX (Reuters) - A Thai woman has been caught trying to sneak into the United States from Mexico while curled up inside a suitcase in a sport-utility vehicle at a border crossing in Nogales, Arizona, a U.S. border protection official said on Tuesday.

"Rarely do we see something like this. You can imagine the (border) officers' surprise when they came upon this woman crammed inside a suitcase, but there she was," said Edith Serrano, a spokeswoman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

The woman was discovered on the morning of December 30 in a Honda SUV driven by a 56-year-old Phoenix man, but U.S. Customs and Border Protection first announced the stop on Monday.

The Thai woman, who was in a soft-sided suitcase under a pile of clothes, was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said Serrano, as was the driver of the SUV, which was seized.

(Reporting by David Schwartz, Writing by Alex Dobuzinskis; Editing by Cynthia Johnston and Gunna Dickson)

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Comments (13)
Mylena wrote:
thousands or turist of Mexico contry are trying to reach USA crossing the border. it is border patrols job to avoid those actions.

Jan 07, 2014 7:05pm EST  --  Report as abuse
jns.esq wrote:
Why didn’t she just walk across, thumbing her nose at the Border Patrol? It’s the “American” way.

Jan 07, 2014 7:37pm EST  --  Report as abuse
hawkeye19 wrote:
Mylena desperately needs to find work and get out of the house. Try taking an ESL course if you can’t find a job.

Jan 07, 2014 7:38pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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