CALEXICO, CALIF.—On February 20, U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Calexico station arrested a suspected alien smuggler.
The incident occurred at approximately 5 p.m., when agents observed two individuals jump over the United States/Mexico border fence. Agents operating a Remote Video Surveillance System observed the two individuals enter in a 1998 Chevrolet Malibu near the intersection of Bonds Corner Road and Connelly Road east of Calexico. Agents successfully and safely stopped the vehicle by deploying a Controlled Tire Deflation Device as the driver attempted to flee. Agents approached the Malibu and arrested the male driver, a 26-year-old United States citizen and two male passengers, both citizens of El Salvador. The passengers were determined to be illegally present in the United States and subsequently arrested.
The driver was charged with alien smuggling and is in Border Patrol custody along with the passengers pending further investigation. The vehicle was seized by the U.S. Border Patrol.
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.