USBP Agents Discover Illegal Marijuana Grow While Serving Arrest Warrant
PERRIS, Calif. — U.S. Border Patrol (USBP) agents arrested three men and discovered 481 marijuana plants on Wednesday while serving an arrest warrant stemming from a maritime smuggling investigation.
The incident began on Wednesday, when agents conducted a targeted arrest of the man who was wanted for illegal re-entry after deportation and suspected of being involved in maritime smuggling. The man was driving a Toyota Tacoma near Perris, California and agents followed him to a rural area.
When the agents attempted to make contact, the man fled on foot. After a short chase, the agents apprehended the 35-year old Mexican national and confirmed his identity.
While the agents pursued the man, he fled through an illegal marijuana growing operation where he was employed. The site was being tended by two additional men, who were also found to be Mexican nationals unlawfully present in the U.S. There were 481 marijuana plants at the site and $5,000 in U.S. currency.
The agents arrested and transported all three men to a nearby station for processing. The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department seized the marijuana and currency.
“Agents never know what they are going to encounter in the performance of their duties,” said Chief Patrol Agent Aaron Heitke, “Criminals involved in smuggling activity are solely motivated by profit and often conspire in a wide range of illegal activity as illustrated by this encounter.”
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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.