CALEXICO, CALIF.—Thursday afternoon, U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Calexico Station arrested two men attempting to smuggle approximately 127 pounds of marijuana - on their backs - with an estimated value over $101,000.
The incident occurred at approximately 5 p.m., when Border Patrol agents observed two suspected illegal aliens walking across the south bank of the All American Canal carrying large bundles strapped to their backs. Agents intercepted the pair and placed them under arrest without incident. Both men, ages 54 and 22, were determined to be Mexican nationals illegally present in the United States.
The men and marijuana bundles 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.