San Clemente, Calif. - U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested two illegal aliens in the San Clemente area late Wednesday night, both of whom had warrants for cocaine trafficking charges out of British Columbia, Canada.
Agents on patrol near the San Clemente Border Patrol checkpoint encountered three subjects around midnight during a vehicle stop on Interstate 5 south. Two of the subjects were determined to be in the U.S. illegally, and were subsequently transported to a local U.S. Border Patrol station for processing.
Record checks revealed that both subjects, a 32-year-old male Canadian national and a 43-year-old male Mexican national, had outstanding warrants issued by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police for their involvement in narcotics smuggling in Canada. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police confirmed the warrants and requested the subjects' extradition to Canada.
A unified effort of U.S. Customs and Border Protection agencies has recently led to several significant arrests in San Diego based on outstanding warrants. The San Diego Sector Border Patrol's strategy is to disrupt, dismantle, and defeat targeted transnational threats operating within the San Diego sector area of influence to affect increased operational control of the border.
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.