Thai found in suitcase at US border

NOGALES, Arizona - Authorities say a smuggling attempt at the US-Mexico border was thwarted when inspectors found a woman from Thailand inside a suitcase.

Customs and Border Protection agents discovered 48-year-old Pornkamol Mongkolsermsak while inspecting a vehicle entering the United States on Dec 30.

Ms Pornkamol, from Bangkok, was hidden under clothing in the large suitcase in the back of the vehicle driven by a 56-year-old Phoenix man, whose name was not released.

Customs and Border Protection spokesman Victor Brabble said Tuesday that Ms Pornkamol was being charged with re-entry after deportation.

Authorities did not immediately know if she has a lawyer yet.

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