Calexico, Calif. - On August 25, U.S. Border Patrol agents stopped a vehicle being used to smuggle six people and arrested a suspected alien smuggler.
The incident occurred at around 4:50 p.m., when agents witnessed a gray Ford Explorer pick up six people near the international border, approximately 12 miles east of Calexico. An agent attempted to stop the vehicle for an immigration inspection, but the driver failed to yield.
Agents near the area were able to deploy a controlled tire deflation device and bring the vehicle safely to a stop. At that time, the occupants of the vehicle fled but were soon apprehended and identified as Mexican nationals illegally present in the United States. The driver, a 21-year-old female United States citizen, was arrested for suspected alien smuggling.
The suspect and the illegal aliens are in Border Patrol custody 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.