Calexico, Calif. - U.S. Border Patrol agents working near the Calexico East port of entry arrested seven illegal aliens with more than 840 pounds of marijuana yesterday.
The incident occurred at approximately 10:30 p.m., when Calexico agents located several men hiding in a spillway that connects the Alamo River with Mexico. Closer inspection of the area resulted in the discovery of several bundles of marijuana valued at an estimated $670,000.
Each of the smugglers was transported to the Calexico Border Patrol station where they admitted to being Mexican nationals illegally present in the U.S.
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.