Woman found in suitcase at Arizona border crossing

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by AP

KMOV.com

Posted on January 7, 2014 at 9:22 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 8 at 12:22 AM

NOGALES, Ariz. (AP) -- Authorities say a smuggling attempt at the U.S.-Mexico border was thwarted when inspectors found a woman from Thailand inside a suitcase.

 Customs and Border Protection agents discovered the 48-year-old woman (Pornkamol Mongkolsermsak) while inspecting a Honda SUV entering the United States on Dec. 30 in Nogales, Ariz.

The woman was hidden under clothing in the large suitcase in the back of the vehicle driven by a 56-year-old Phoenix man, whose name hasn't been released.

A Customs and Border Protection spokesman says the woman is being charged with re-entry after deportation.

Authorities didn't immediately know if she has a lawyer yet.

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