CALEXICO, CALIF.—Yesterday, U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Calexico Border Patrol station arrested three men attempting to smuggle 137.3 pounds of marijuana on their backs with an estimated street value of $109,840 into the United States.
The incident occurred at approximately 10:45 p.m., when an agent detected four suspected illegal aliens walking north from the international border fence towards Interstate 8. Three of the men had large bundles strapped to their backs. Border Patrol agents intercepted the men, all Mexican nationals, ages 46, 33, and 22. Agents determined that they were illegal aliens and placed them under arrest. One individual ran back to Mexico.
The men and the marijuana were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation.
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.