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That's a Hot One!: 'Highly Intoxicated' Suspected Illegal Immigrant Employs Gutsy Camouflage in U.S. Entry Attempt


agents said he got less than 100 yards into New Mexico before he was discovered

This March 20, 2013 photo shows sacks of dried red chile pods at the Hatch Chile Sales shop along the main street in Hatch, N.M. In Hatch, the self-proclaimed Chile Capital of the World, drinking water wells have dropped and the Pepper Pot restaurant is charging for tap water. Town officials are most concerned about finding new sources of water for the area s chile farms. Without them, said former town trustee Andy Nunez, the village would wither. Credit: AP

Story by the Associated Press; curated by Dave Urbanski

COLUMBUS, N.M. (AP) — 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.

(Credit: AP)

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 with hopes of catching a ride to Chicago. But agents said he got less than 100 yards into New Mexico before he was discovered.

The red chile shipment was later released.



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