CALEXICO, Calif. – El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Calexico station in collaboration with the Calexico Police Department arrested four suspected human smugglers and 13 undocumented Mexican Nationals in a home on Friday.
The incident occurred on October 29th, at approximately 1:30 p.m., when a Border Patrol agent received a radio transmission via dispatch requesting backup for Calexico Police officers. The officers responded to a concern citizen’s call and conducted a welfare check on a home at Rockwood Street.
After officers discovered a group of people crowded in a room and suspected that the individuals were illegal immigrants, they requested Border Patrol assistance.
Border Patrol agents arrived and conducted field interviews on the individuals. All of them freely stated that they had illegally entered the United States. The group consisted of two women and 11 men ranging from the ages of 18 to 56-years-of-age.
The men and women were placed under arrest and transported to the Calexico Border Patrol station for further processing.
There were four principal individuals suspected of occupying the home and coordinating the smuggling operation. A woman, a 47-year-old Lawfully Admitted Permanent Resident and three United States citizens. The US citizens consisted of two women, 21 and 22-years-old and a 24-year-old man.
Border Patrol placed the suspected smugglers under arrest and transported them to the Calexico Border Patrol station where they will be presented for prosecution.
Two vehicles were seized in the arrest.
The El Centro Sector’s Community Awareness Campaign is a simple and effective program to raise public awareness on the indicators of crime and other threats. We encourage public and private sector employees to remain vigilant and play a key role in keeping our country safe. Please report any suspicious activity to the Border Community Threat Hotline at 1-800-901-2003.
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.