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Woman caught sneaking into U.S. in suitcase

By Suzanne Presto, CNN
January 8, 2014 -- Updated 1456 GMT (2256 HKT)
Agents on the Arizona border foiled the attempted smuggling of a woman hidden inside a suitcase on December 30, 2013.
Agents on the Arizona border foiled the attempted smuggling of a woman hidden inside a suitcase on December 30, 2013.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • A woman tried to enter the United States hidden in a suitcase
  • Customs officials discovered her when they searched a vehicle
  • The Thai national was charged with re-entry after deportation
  • Officials did not release the name of the driver

(CNN) -- Customs and Border Protection officers foiled a smuggling attempt at the U.S.-Mexico border when they discovered a woman contorted and hidden inside a suitcase.

Officials released a photo this week showing the woman tucked into a ball and laying inside the luggage in the back of a vehicle.

The woman, a Thai national named Pornkamol Mongkolsermsak, was charged with re-entry after deportation, CBP spokesman Victor Brabble said.

She was discovered on December 30, when inspectors at the border referred the driver of a Honda SUV for a secondary inspection, CBP said in a statement.

When officers inspected the vehicle, they opened up the suitcase and found the 48-year-old woman hidden underneath some clothing.

Authorities did not release the name of the 56-year-old Phoenix man who was driving the SUV.

The case has been turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, CBP said.

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