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Border Patrol stops dangerous human smuggling attempt

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Courtesy: CBP

CALEXICO Calif. (KYMA, KECY) - El Centro Border Patrol agents stopped a human smuggling attempt near the All-American Canal Wednesday.

It happened just before 5:30 p.m. when Border Patrol agents operating the Remote Video Surveillance System saw something suspicious.

Agents observed a group of individuals running northbound from the All-American canal, about seven miles east of Calexico.

Agents saw a utility truck arrive near the area, in which the individuals proceeded to board.

Patrol agents arrived on scene and discovered 14 individuals stuffed and laying on top of one another in the rear metal utility box.

An additional man was found on the front passenger's seat floor, covered by the driver's jacket.

Agents detained the driver along with the 15 other individuals.

Upon questioning, it was determined that all 15 were illegal immigrants. Five were citizens of Mexico and 10 were citizens of China.

All 16 suspects were transported to the El Centro Border Patrol Station for processing.

The male driver, a United States Citizen, is currently held in federal custody pending further criminal prosecution.

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Ericka Conant

Ericka Conant has served as a Digital Content Producer since October 2019. Originally from El Centro, she calls the Desert Southwest her home.

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