From the daily archives: Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Border Patrol agents assigned to the El Centro station rescued an undocumented alien from the dangerous currents of the All American Canal.

The incident occurred at approximately 5:10 a.m., when a Border Patrol agent operating a remote video surveillance system spotted two men swimming across the canal. The agent observed one of the men struggling to stay afloat from the rapid current. Nearby agents were immediately notified to respond to the crisis. Agents located the man, and successfully deployed rescue throw bags for him to hold onto. The agents pulled the man out of the All American Canal to safety.

The men were determined to be Mexican citizens illegally present in the United States. The undocumented aliens were transported to the El Centro Border Patrol station for processing and further evaluation.

This incident highlights the dangers of attempting to enter the United States illegally. It serves as a reminder that a moving body of water, such as the All American Canal, while appearing calm on the surface can be extremely dangerous. This further exemplifies the efforts Border Patrol agents undertake to preserve human life in the course of their duties.


Salton City, Calif. – On Friday, El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Indio station apprehended a suspected narcotic smuggler and seized over $1.2 million worth of illegal narcotics concealed within a truck.

At approximately 2 p.m., Border Patrol agents encountered a 32-year-old male driving a red Ford Ranger as he approached the Highway 86 checkpoint located between Westmorland and Salton City. A Border Patrol canine detection team alerted to the vehicle and referred the driver to secondary for further inspection. During the inspection agents discovered 13 wrapped packages of cocaine concealed within the vehicle’s seats and walls of the truck bed. The cocaine had a combined weight of approximately 38 pounds with an estimated value of more than $1.2 million.

The man, a citizen of Mexico and Lawfully Admitted Permanent Resident card holder, was arrested. The suspect, vehicle, and narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation.

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DSC_1128The City of Holtville will continue to host the Holtville Farmers Market and Street Fair on Thursday, April 18 and May 16, 2013.

The Holtville Farmers Market and Street Fair will be held in Holt Park from 4pm to 8pm. The City will host these community events on the Third Thursdays in April and May.

These family friendly events are is open to the public and will feature fresh produce and a number of food items. The event will feature live entertainment in the Holt Park Gazebo. Be sure to arrive early to get a good seat!

Natural product vendors will include the Holtville High School FFA, Neighborhood House, Vince’s Backyard Market Garden, Patty’s Roadside Produce, Quihuis Fresh Produce, Eco-Garden Club, Simple Blessings, Tuttle Bee Company/ Sweet Honey Cosmetics, Seasonal Gourmet.

Delicious bites vendors will include First Assembly of God, Cornerstone Community Church, United Methodist Church, WOVEN, Cookies by Chris, Gano Life Coffee, Luvio’s Kettle Corn, Laborio’s Taco Cart, Brittsan’s Beverages.

Art and gift vendors will include Moon Bunny Syndicate, Luke Phillips Photography, Cutie Bowtooties, Elle Vintage Style, Fun Foamas, Organic Candles by Gina, Jandy and Isreal’s Creations, Mardalay Handbags and Accessories, I Heart Kids, and Hands-On Reiki Healing, Avon and Community Cats.

The Holtville Fire Department and Imperial County Sherriff Office will also participate.

Please call Glyn Snyder, City Clerk at 760-356-4170 for more information.

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