A driver delivering to the Porte Marsh Industrial Estate in Calne called police yesterday after he discovered three middle eastern males were hiding in his lorry.
Although the driver’s lorry was searched at Calais it was given the all clear and it was only when he arrived at his destination that the men jumped out.
Six officers from Chippenham and Calne were called to Redman Road at 12.30pm to search for the men, who were suspected to be illegal immigrants.
They were joined by a police helicopter and the men were located on Stainier Road by the junction to the A3102.
PSCO Mark Cook said the operation was over in about 10 minutes.
The men have been take into custody at Melksham police station.