Drunk Mexican tries to cross border facedown in red cilli

THERE was no hot pursuit required when US Customs and Border Protection officers discovered a Mexican stowaway drunk and face-down in a shipment of red chilli.

Officials said the "highly intoxicated" 35-year-old was found next to a bottle of tequila he brought on the journey presumably to fortify himself.

Border Protection officers working at a New Mexico border checkpoint said the man was discovered face down among a commercial load of the spicy stuff.

The man, whose name was not released, told agents he climbed into the truck while it was stopped in Mexico in hopes of getting a ride all the way to Chicago, according to US Customs.

But he only made it 100 yards (91 meters) into the United States at the Columbus, New Mexico, checkpoint when he was discovered by US customs agriculture specialists inspecting the truck, officials said.

"There was a bottle of tequila next to him and he appeared to be highly intoxicated," Columbus Port Director Robert Reza said in the statement.

The driver of the truck was allowed to continue onward to his US destination, but the stowaway was sent back to Mexico, according to US Customs.

Additional reporting by Reuters


Dad claims bag with meth pipe belonged to baby girl

Premium Content Dad claims bag with meth pipe belonged to baby girl

The Southern Downs man also told police his friend hid marijuana in his home while...

‘Kids can be heard’: The Southern Downs young gun of 2021

Premium Content ‘Kids can be heard’: The Southern Downs young gun of 2021

This youngster has been recognised for her awesome achievements bringing new...

Rental crisis warning as vacancy rates tighten across state

Premium Content Rental crisis warning as vacancy rates tighten across state

Rental crisis warning as vacancy rates tighten