IMPERIAL, CALIF.—El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents had a busy evening that included the arrest of a dangerous gang member and a remote desert rescue during triple digit temperatures.
The first incident occurred Friday, at approximately 12 p.m., when dispatch received a call from the California Highway Patrol of an illegal alien who was lost in a remote desert area near Mt. Signal and needed help. Border Patrol agents on the ground were notified and responded to the area. Agents began a systematic search of the area and were able to encounter the man in distress. The man displayed symptoms of heat exhaustion and dehydration and was examined by an Emergency Medical Technician and found to be in stable condition. The 29-year-old man was determined to be a Mexican citizen illegally present in the United States and was transported to the El Centro Border Patrol station for processing and further evaluation.
The second incident occurred later that day, at approximately 4 p.m., when agents assigned to the Indio Border Patrol Station arrested Adrian Gomez-Giles, a 34-year-old man and Mexican national who illegally entered the United States. Gomez was arrested approximately 21 miles north of the United States/Mexico International Boundary Fence in Brawley, Calif. Record checks revealed that Gomez has been removed several times, has a criminal history, and is an active gang member with "Sur 13" a Sureno criminal street gang. Gomez will be presented for prosecution for re-entry after deportation.
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.