COLUMBUS, N.M. (AP) — Federal authorities say a Mexican man was found intoxicated and laying face-down atop a shipment of red chili peppers at a New Mexico border checkpoint.
U.S. Customs and Border [auth] Protection officers say the 35-year-old man had a bottle of tequila next to him when officers examined the truck Thursday afternoon at the Columbus port.
The man told CBP officers that he climbed into the commercial hopper while it was being staged in Mexico hoping to catch a ride to Chicago.
Authorities say the man was processed for removal from the U.S. and returned to Mexico.
CBP agriculture specialists released the shipment and notified the importer of the stowaway in the truck.
The name and hometown of the man hasn’t been released.