Busy weekend for Border Patrol in Imperial Valley

Busy weekend for Border Patrol in Imperial Valley


IMPERIAL COUNTY, Calif. – U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested two suspected drug smugglers and one previously deported gang member in three separate incidents over the weekend.

The first arrest was made after a Greyhound bus drove up to the Highway 86 inspection checkpoint near the Salton Sea Friday afternoon. Agents say they noticed one of the passengers in the bus looked nervous. Their K-9 officer was able to find seven bundles of heroine weighing 1.74 pounds under a seat close to the man. The 26-year-old U.S. citizen was arrested and turned over to the Imperial County High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area task force.

The second incident happened closer to the U.S. – Mexico border Friday night. Agents caught a 47-year-old Mexican citizen man coming into the country illegally about 30 miles west of the downtown port of entry. The man turned out to be an active member of the “Sureño” criminal gang. The man was arrested and held at the Imperial County Jail where he will wait to be criminally prosecuted for his illegal entry.

The third incident happened Saturday night, when two women drove up to the Highway 86 inspection checkpoint. Agents say the two appeared nervous when presenting their visitor visas. Agents were able to find 27 bundles of methamphetamine weighing almost 30 pounds hidden inside the car’s rocker panels. The women, 40 and 30 years of age, were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

About The Author

Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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