Just to lighten the load a little...
U.S. inspectors found a Mexican man drunk, passed out, and sprawled atop a massive load of red chili peppers headed for the United States. Beside him was a bottle of tequila.
“This is something we just don’t see,” said Roger Maier, a spokesman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection in El Paso, said Monday.
The 35-year-old first-time offender said he had hoped to make it to Chicago.
He was caught Thursday at the Columbus, N.M., port of entry after making it just 100 yards into the United States, Maier said.
He was spotted by inspectors checking trains headed further into the United States.
The man, who was not identified publicly because he was not charged with a crime, was escorted back to the Mexico border and released. The chile peppers continued on their journey.