CBP: Drunk man found hiding in pepper shipment

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck
By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

COLUMBUS, New Mexico -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers made a rather surprising discovery when a shipment of red chili peppers arrived at the port of Columbus this week.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection says a 35-year-old Mexican man was found hiding face down in the peppers on Thursday afternoon.

“CBP agriculture specialists were initiating an examination of a commercial shipment of chili when they found a man sprawled out on top of the load,” said Columbus Port Director Robert Reza. “There was a bottle of tequila next to him and he appeared to be highly intoxicated when we encountered the subject.”

The man reportedly told officers that he climbed into a commercial hopper while it was being staged in Mexico hoping to get a ride to Chicago.

He didn't even make it 100 yards before he was discovered by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

The man was processed for removal and returned to Mexico.