Mexico City, MX: Pablo and Pedro, two brothers from this city were apprehended trying to enter the United States illegally.
The two brothers were unemployed, had no money to pay coyotes to smuggle them into the USA and hated the smoggy hot weather of Mexico City. Neither did they want to walk north to the border and then cross on foot from Mexico through the Sonora Desert to Tucson Arizona.
A scheme was devised whereby a wooden crate, big enough to hold two people slightly cramped for several hours was constructed. Stenciled on the outside surfaces was the destination "Tucson AZ International Airport USA, Handle with Care/Fragile, This End Up and Expedite Shipping signs." Some food, water, sanitary items, a hammer and a flash light were placed inside the crate with the two brothers, which was then nailed shut. Being quiet was of the utmost importance.
Pablo and Pedro's uncle put the crate in his pick-up truck and dropped it at the Mexicana Airlines freight dock at Mexico City International Airport and left. It would be a relatively short flight to Tucson AZ. The departure from Mexico City and then arrival in Tucson AZ would be easily heard from the airplane's cargo hold by listening to the jet engine noise start and stop. The two brothers would then break out of the crate after unloading took place.
Mexicana Airline flights were all grounded that day by thunderstorms in the area and fright/cargo bound for the USA was loaded onto big rig semi-trailers for the 1200 mile trip to freight yards located on the Mexico/USA border. Thirty hours later the trucks arrived at the freight yards and were unloaded. One crate had a peculiarly foul odor and the freight yard crew hosed it off with fire hoses!
The "Expedite Shipping" sign was noticed on the crate's sides and a pick-up truck dispatched to take the cargo across the Mexico/USA border, through the Sonora Desert to Tucson AZ. When the crate arrived at an outgoing freight depot at the Tucson International Airport, the freight handler saw what looked like AF stenciled on the side of the crate. "What luck, there's a flight leaving right now" he told the pickup driver! The crate was loaded onto the waiting airplane. Pablo and Pedro smiled unseen, finally hearing the whine of revving jet engines!
The pilot thanked the US Air Force Master Chief for getting all the cargo loaded aboard the C17 Globe Master III and said "strap in folks next stop Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan in about 20 hours."