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Feds: Man tried to enter U.S. via red chile shipment

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 06:38 a.m. HST, Sep 08, 2013

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. He got into the truck-full of chile in hopes of catching a ride to Chicago, the El Paso Times reported.

Agents said he got less than 100 yards into New Mexico before he was discovered. He will be returned to Mexico, officials said.

The red chile shipment was later released.

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GorillaSmith wrote:
A Mexican illegal will actually be returned to Mexico? When did this sudden enforcement of our laws start? Has anyone told the Obamster?
on September 8,2013 | 05:09AM
RetiredWorking wrote:
Blame it on government workers doing their job.
on September 8,2013 | 05:29AM
Grimbold wrote:
Nothing good comes out of Mexico. Even her cops are criminals. It is a failed state. The hell with letting 10 million Illegals live here and undermine our wages.
on September 8,2013 | 06:17AM
nitpikker wrote:
blasphemy! you are denigrating "speedy gonzales"!
on September 8,2013 | 07:10AM
cojef wrote:
What about "la cucaracha" who gets a pass from ICE and grow big in Texas. That's why they wear cowboy boots that are pointed, to corner the cockroaches in the corner of the rooms. Everything is bigger in Teaxas, even their fibs.
on September 8,2013 | 09:30AM
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