SALTON CITY - Border Patrol agents found three people illegally in the country hidden in a storage compartment underneath a recreational vehicle’s bed at the Highway 86 checkpoint on Wednesday.

Around 2 p.m., U.S. citizen Jorge Ignacio Benavente, 23, approached the checkpoint driving a 2006 Four Winds Five-Thousand RV with Alonda Rivera, 18, according to the court complaint.

Staff Writer Chelcey Adami can be reached at 760-337-3452 or

I covered the border and Calexico for two-and-a-half years but am now the courts and crime reporter. I studied journalism at the University of Texas at Austin and previously worked as a staff photographer in Austin, Dallas, Costa Rica and rural Oklahoma.

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