Yesterday morning, U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the El Centro Border Patrol station arrested six men smuggling on their backs 265 pounds of marijuana into the United States.
The incident occurred at approximately 6 a.m., after agents observed the men entering the United States from Mexico 18 miles west of the Calexico West Port of Entry. Agents tracked the men through a remote desert area near Highway 98.
Border Patrol agents apprehended the six males, along with five burlap sacks containing ten packages of marijuana. The marijuana had a combined weight of 265.7 pounds, an estimated street value of $212,000.
The six men, identified as Mexican nationals, and marijuana were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
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 (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.