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Nineteen People Found Hiding On Truck At Otay Mesa Border Crossing

Inspectors staffing Otay Mesa Port of Entry on Wednesday caught a group of suspected undocumented immigrants trying to sneak into the United States inside a large plastic-wrapped commercial air conditioner being carried by a truck.

The federal agents found the 19 people hiding inside one of three ventilation units on the northbound flatbed about 9 a.m., according to Customs and Border Protection officials.

San Diego Fire-Rescue medics evaluated the detainees, one of whom was hyperventilating, SDFRD spokesman Maurice Luque said. An ambulance crew took the woman to a Chula Vista hospital for further care, he said.

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