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A water jug falling off a pickup truck may have cost two Mexican men their freedom in America.

Late Saturday night, a trooper from the State Police at Clarence was southbound on Transit Road in the Town of Clarence when he spotted a plastic water jug falling off the rear of the truck.

When he stopped the vehicle to advise the occupants what had happened, the driver, Sergio Morales, 26, provided a Mexican passport for identification. A check with U.S. Border Patrol and Protection showed that both Morales and a passenger, Jose Guavara-Castro, 41, also from Mexico, were in the country illegally, officials said.

Both men were turned over to the Border Patrol.