El Centro Sector Border Patrol Halts Human Smuggling Attempt
Tawny De Le Pena
SALTON CITY - Seven Mexican Nationals are now in U.S. Border Patrol custody after attempting to pass through a Border Patrol checkpoint.
Early Thursday morning, a 50-year-old male driver approached a Border Patrol checkpoint between Westmorland and Salton City. A Patrol Canine was drawn to the vehicle and alerted agents to check the white semi tractor trailer. The 48 degree trailer containing watermelons also carried the illegal aliens ranging from ages 20 to 52.
The driver, also an illegal immigrant, was arrested on suspicion of alien smuggling.