CALEXICO — U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the El Centro Sector stop a dangerous human smuggling attempt near the American Canal Wednesday afternoon.
incident occurred at approximately 5:29 p.m., when Border Patrol agents
operating the Remote Video Surveillance System observed a group of individuals
running northbound from the All American Canal approximately seven miles east
of the Calexico West Port of Entry.
observed a utility truck arrive near the area and the individuals proceeded to
jump inside the truck.
agents arrived on scene and detained the driver along with 15 other
individuals. Agents discovered 14
individuals stuffed and laying on top of one another in the rear metal utility
box and one man on the front passenger’s seat floor covered with the driver’s
questioned all individuals regarding their citizenship and determined that five
were citizens of Mexico and 10 were citizens of China illegally present in the
Agents arrested the male driver and the other individuals and
transported them to the El Centro Station for processing.
The driver, a United States Citizen, is being held in federal custody pending further criminal prosecution.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation’s borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.