Woman caught trying to sneak into U.S. in suitcase

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Border agents said this woman was caught hiding inside a suitcase during an attempt to sneak into the U.S. across an Arizona-Mexico border. (Photo: U.S. Customs Border Patrol)

Border agents said this woman was caught hiding inside a suitcase during an attempt to sneak into the U.S. across an Arizona-Mexico border. (Photo: U.S. Customs Border Patrol)

NOGALES, Ariz. — Customs and Border Protection officers foiled a smuggling attempt at the U.S.-Mexico border when they discovered a woman contorted and hidden inside a suitcase.

Officials released a photo this week showing the woman tucked into a ball and laying inside the luggage in the back of a vehicle.

The woman, a Thai national named Pornkamol Mongkolsermsak, was charged with re-entry after deportation, CBP spokesman Victor Brabble said.

She was discovered on December 30, when inspectors at the Nogales, Ariz. border crossing referred the driver of a Honda SUV for a secondary inspection, CBP said in a statement.

When officers inspected the vehicle, they opened up the suitcase and found the 48-year-old woman hidden underneath some clothing.

Authorities did not release the name of the 56-year-old Phoenix man who was driving the SUV.

The case has been turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, CBP said.

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2 comments

  • Fast45

    If they were even remotely interested in caching illegals, stop searching the borders and check out the average kitchen crew at virtually every Denver restaurant. Start with Hickenlooper’s and work your way out to fast food joints.

    What a joke. Shut down businesses that hire illegal felons from Mexico and the problem is over. No jobs? No illegals …

  • Anastacia Nolan

    Agreed! We can start with NO more assistance of any kind, food stamps, free or discounted housing, free college loans and school grants, free medical care, and take away the jobs. That is a step towards cleaning up this country.

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