OCOTILLO, CALIF.—On March 17, U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the El Centro Sector Horse Patrol Unit disrupted a human smuggling event resulting in the arrest of 15 illegal aliens.
The incident occurred at approximately 7 p.m., when a Horse Patrol Unit spotted a vehicle driving north across the United States/Mexico Boundary with its lights out. As responding agents neared the green Chevrolet Tahoe, it then came to a stop and a large group of people exited the vehicle and scattered throughout the desert. The members of the Horse Patrol Unit were able to secure the vehicle, and shortly after arrested a total of 15 illegal aliens, 14 males, and one female all Mexican Nationals.
The Tahoe was seized and all 15 individuals are in U.S. Border Patrol custody.
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.