El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents had a busy weekend that included the arrest of a dangerous gang member, a desert rescue, and a seized airplane resulting in the arrest of four men in a human smuggling scheme. The first incident occurred Saturday morning, when they received a call from the California Highway Patrol of three likely illegal aliens lost within the San Diego-Imperial Valley mountainous area. Border Patrol agents on the ground responded to the area and rescued all three men. The men were determined to be Mexican citizens illegally present in the United States and were transported to the El Centro Border Patrol station for processing and further evaluation.
The second incident also occurred on Saturday when Border Patrol agents witnessed three males – all suspected illegal aliens arrive via car at the Imperial County Airport and board a small private airplane. The men were questioned and each stated that they were citizens of Mexico with no immigration documents to be legally present in the United States. The men and pilot were placed under arrest.
The third significant event of the weekend also occurred on Saturday. El Centro Border Patrol agents arrested a 29-year-old man, a Mexican national who illegally entered the United States approximately 22 miles west of the Calexico, California west Port of Entry. Record checks revealed that the man had an extensive criminal history and is an active member in a dangerous gang operating out of Santa Ana, California.