Agents Arrest 2 Convicted Felons
CAMPO, Calif.— Border Patrol agents from the San Diego Sector’s El Cajon Station arrested two men this weekend who were attempting to smuggle illegal aliens into the U.S. Both men have prior felony convictions.
The incident occurred on Saturday morning, when agents encountered a 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe approximately 75 yards north of the border on Forrest Gate Road. Upon closer inspection, agents found six people hiding inside the vehicle who admitted they had entered the U.S. illegally. A nearby U.S. citizen admitted the vehicle was his. Agents arrested the group of six and took them and the suspected smuggler to a nearby station.
Record checks revealed that the 34-year-old male smuggler had a criminal history. In 2004, he had been arrested and prosecuted in California for first-degree burglary and assault with a firearm while participating in a street gang. This resulted in a 16-month prison sentence.
As agents were securing the Tahoe, they noticed a 2019 Toyota Highlander parked a short distance away. Agents found five men laying inside who were attempting to avoid detection. The five admitted to being illegally present in the U.S. and were arrested along with the suspected smuggler, a 38-year-old male U.S. citizen.
Inquiries at a nearby station revealed that the second smuggler also had a criminal history. The man had been arrested and prosecuted in California for carjacking in 2003, which resulted in a 10-year prison sentence.
The two smugglers are currently in the custody of Department of Homeland Security officials and face Federal smuggling charges. The illegal aliens were all male Mexican nationals whose ages ranged from 20 to 41-years old. All 11 will be processed for removal.
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.