Man tried to smuggle woman into U.S. in his suitcase

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey
By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

PHOENIX -- A Phoenix man is accused of trying to smuggle a woman into the United States in his suitcase.

On Monday, Dec. 30, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Port of Nogales stopped a 56-year-old Phoenix man for inspection of his Honda SUV.  The man was traveling from Mexico to the U.S.

When officers opened a suitcase in the back of the man's vehicle, they found a 48-year-old female Thai national underneath some clothing.

Officers seized the vehicle. The suspect was turned over to ICE, and faces human smuggling charges.