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Border Patrol Arrests Armed Smugglers

Release Date
Wed, 01/06/2021

NILAND, Calif. – El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents arrested armed smugglers attempting to smuggle two illegal aliens on Monday afternoon.

El Centro Border Patrol agents arrested 
armed smugglers Monday.

The incident occurred at approximately 6:15 p.m., when a male driver along with a passenger in a silver BMW approached the Highway 111 checkpoint. During an immigration inspection, agents requested and received consent to inspect the trunk of the vehicle. Upon opening the trunk, agents discovered two male subjects laying down in the trunk. The male subjects in the trunk were determined to be illegal aliens from Mexico.

During their inspection of the vehicle, agents discovered an unregistered .22-caliber firearm along with six rounds. Agents arrested the two smugglers and two illegal aliens for further processing. 

The driver, a 23-year-old Lawfully Admitted Permanent Resident and passenger a 22-year-old United States citizen were arrested for violation of 8 USC 1324 Alien Smuggling. The illegal aliens will be repatriated back to Mexico.    

The El Centro Sector seized the vehicle and unregistered firearm.

The El Centro Sector’s firearm related events are up 250% in fiscal year 2021.

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Last Modified: Feb 03, 2021