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Border Patrol Stops Smuggling Attempt Using Coffin

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The Border Patrol says agents stopped a human smuggling attempt by a man who claimed he was carrying the remains of a Navy veteran.

A vehicle entered the Falfurrias checkpoint in Brooks County earlier this week carrying a rusty, dented coffin with an American flag taped to it. After referring the vehicle for a secondary inspection, agents found two men inside the coffin.

The pair admitted to coming into the U.S. illegally on Monday. The driver was arrested and faces human smuggling charges.

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