Aguadilla, Puerto Rico - In a joint collaborative enforcement effort with local and state police, US Customs and Border Protection agents located and arrested 10 undocumented aliens this weekend after making illegal entry into the island.
Two US citizens were apprehended allegedly assisting the group of citizens of the Dominican Republic.
Late Saturday, the Puerto Police Department (PRPD), called the Ramey Border Patrol Sector radio dispatcher and reported a migrant incursion in the "Playuelas" Beach of Aguadilla; where a white 20 foot Eduardoño type vessel, displaying the name "Mercedes 1", was found.
CBP Border Patrol Agents and Field Operations Officers, along with PRPD and Aguadilla Municipal Police, patrolled the area and apprehended 7 undocumented aliens (6 males / 1 female) from the Dominican Republic.
The aliens were transported to the Ramey Border Patrol Station for processing.
At 4:30 AM, Arecibo PRPD contacted Ramey Border Patrol after stopping a vehicle with two US citizens (one adult and one minor) and two undocumented aliens.
Border Patrol Agents arrested the driver and the two aliens and transported them to the Ramey Station for further investigation and disposition.
The vehicle's driver Pedro Luis Baez-Diaz, 34, will appear today before a federal District Magistrate Judge facing charges for violation of federal immigration law for transporting and harboring illegal aliens.
Border Patrol Agents are interviewing the aliens and verifying their criminal and immigration history.
The undocumented aliens could face criminal charges if they have prior encounters with federal immigration authorities.
CBP in collaboration with state and local law enforcement, works to address all threats at our nation's borders. Under "Operation Stonegarden," Ramey Sector Border Patrol Agents work with municipal police to patrol the coastal border areas, serving as functional "layers" at the border with the purpose of interdicting both migrants and contraband from entering the island.
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.