n American man has been charged with the deaths of three Chinese migrants who he drove across the border in the trunk of his car.
Two days after Neil Edwin Valera, a 50-year-old truck driver from El Paso, crossed the border from Mexico’s Tijuana, police arrived to inspect his BMW, parked in a residential neighborhood in San Diego, following reports of a foul odor and blood dripping from the vehicle.
Inside the trunk, they found the bodies of three Chinese nationals, including a mother and her 15-year-old son.
Further details of this case have not been released. Valera has pleaded not guilty to encouraging aliens to enter the US resulting in death, a charge which carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.
The Chinese consulate in Los Angeles has said that it will reach out to the families of the deceased.