Officials in the US have arrested Mexican singer Pepe Aguilar’s son in California on charges of people smuggling.

According to US customs officials, Jose Emiliano Aguilar was held by federal agents when he was trying to smuggle four illegal Chinese migrants to the country. The 24-year-old was arrested earlier in March, but details including Jose’s involvement, emerged on Friday (31 March).

According to reports, Jose – who is a US citizen – was held at the border in San Diego when he was trying to cross into the US with a female companion. However, a sniffer dog present at the scene alerted federal agents about something unusual in Jose’s car. When searched, the agents found four men in the boot of his car.

All four were Chinese with no legal documents to enter the US. However, after initial interrogation, they admitted that they had paid Jose $3,000 to $60,000 (£2,390 to £47,830) to be smuggled into the country.