Woman found inside suitcase at United States/Mexico border

The 48-year-old woman was found inside a suitcase at the Mexican border. Photo: Customs & Border Protection

(CNN) - A Phoenix man is facing serious charges after he allegedly tried to smuggle a woman into the United States in a suitcase.

Authorities stopped the man at the United States/Mexico border near Nogales, Ariz. on Dec. 30 and discovered the suitcase in the back of the man's Honda SUV.

When they opened the bag, they found a 48-year-old Thai woman stuffed inside. The vehicle was seized and the suspect was turned over to immigration officials.

The suspect, 56-year-old man, is facing human smuggling charges.