Bi-national Cooperation Leads to the Prosecution of Smugglers

EL CENTRO, Calif. – A bi-national law enforcement effort between the U.S. Border Patrol and the Mexican Federal Police (PFP) has resulted in the prosecution of four smugglers in Mexico.

On July 13, at approximately 10 a.m., El Centro Station agents apprehended a group of individuals who had illegally entered the United States through the mountainous area which is approximately 21 miles west of downtown Calexico, Calif.  At approximately 12 p.m., the PFP contacted San Diego Sector’s International Liaison Unit (SDC/ILU) and stated that they had arrested three subjects in Mexico, south of the area where El Centro Station agents had apprehended a group of illegal aliens earlier in the day.

PFP stated that the individuals revealed they had recently smuggled a group into the U.S., but had returned to Mexico after they saw Border Patrol agents in the area.  SDC/ILU contacted El Centro Sector’s ILU (ELC/ILU) and provided this information.  ELC/ILU subsequently identified and interviewed the group of individuals that had been apprehended by El Centro Station agents and one of the six subjects admitted to helping smuggle the group.

With this information, the PFP agreed to present the three subjects they apprehended plus the one in custody at El Centro Station in front of a Mexican Magistrate under alien smuggling charges.  ELC/ILU arranged for the return of the five smuggled aliens and the self-admitted alien smuggler to Mexico.  All were subsequently interviewed by the PFP as part of their investigation and subsequent prosecution.

“This type of cooperation with the government of Mexico has allowed us to provide consequence for illegal activity along the border,” said Chief Patrol Agent Jeffrey A. Calhoon.  “The arrest and prosecution of these alien smugglers further disrupts the ability of criminal organizations to conduct and profit from illegal activity.”

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.


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