04/16/2012 03:01 pm ET

Cases Of Human Smuggling Revealed By Former Homeland Security Undercover Agent

Hipolito Acosta has been a human smuggler and a smuggling victim. Once, while smuggled in the trunk of a car, he was so overcome by fumes he thought there was no way he was going to make it out alive.

Acosta, who infiltrated dozens of smuggling operations as an undercover agent for the Immigration and Naturalization Service, is telling the stories that put this life on the fringe in his book, The Shadow Catcher. The book, which will be released Tuesday, details what he went through in his 30-year career at INS, an agency that has since been disbanded and broken up into three components.

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