TECATE, Calif.—Tuesday, Border Patrol agents assigned to the El Cajon Border Patrol Station arrested an armed man approximately five miles east of the Tecate port of entry.
At around 8:15 a.m., agents on patrol observed an individual north of the United States/Mexico international boundary fence who appeared to be carrying a shotgun. Additional agents responded to the location and coordinated with Mexican law enforcement, who were ready to block a possible flight south by the suspect. Working with Mexican authorities, agents located the man and placed him under arrest. The weapon, a fully-loaded shotgun, was hidden under some nearby bushes.
The 44-year-old Mexican national was turned over to Homeland Security Investigations.
To prevent the illicit smuggling of humans, drugs, and other contraband, the U.S. Border Patrol maintains a high level of vigilance on corridors of egress away from our Nation’s borders. To report suspicious activity to the U.S. Border Patrol, contact San Diego Sector at (619) 498-9900.
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