As seen above the vehicle--disguised to look like a brown UPS delivery van--did not fool investigators, who spotted it “attempting to circumvent the Highway 111 Checkpoint,” according to agents who executed a traffic stop.
A search of the cloned UPS van turned up 13 Mexicans, who were arrested along with the driver, Daniel Lopez-Berenguer, a 21-year-old U.S. citizen. Lopez-Berenguer and a second man were busted shortly after they were spotted exiting a “suspected illegal alien stash house,” according to a U.S. District Court complaint.
During a post-arrest interview, Lopez-Berenguer claimed that he “met an individual who worked for UPS and offered him to drive a vehicle with illegal aliens north around the Border Patrol Checkpoint.” The license plate on the van was actually registered to a 1997 Ford F-150 truck.
One Mexican man found in the van told agents that he paid $5000 to be smuggled into the U.S. Two other men said they paid a total of $8000.