El Centro Sector

50 Migrants Found in California Freight Trains near Border

El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents in Niland, California, discovered a group of migrants aboard a northbound freight train attempting to bypass the established highway checkpoint. In one event, agents found 26 migrants hiding in the rail cars. Information provided by the group led to the eventual arrest of an additional 16.

El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents find migrants on two rail cars near the California border with Mexico. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

Injured Migrant Rescued in California Wilderness near Border

El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents teamed up with other local and federal assets to rescue an injured migrant near the California border with Mexico. The search and rescue effort led to saving the life of a migrant who injured his ankle shortly after crossing the border near Ocotillo, California on Thursday morning.

An Air and Marine Operations UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter rescue crew airlifts an injured migrant woman from a canyon near the Arizona border with Mexico. (Photo: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

Weapons Cache Found in Arizona Stash House near Border

El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents found a cache of semi-automatic rifles and pistols in a stash house near the Arizona border with Mexico. The discovery followed the discovery of a smuggling operation and led to the arrest of five migrants, including the smuggler.

Armed human smugglers. (U.S. Border Patrol/El Centro Sector)

Loaded Gun, Drugs Seized at California Checkpoint near Border

El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to an immigration checkpoint seized nearly 38 pounds of cocaine during an inspection. In a second incident at the same checkpoint, agents arrested an armed suspect found to be transporting cocaine, fentanyl, and methamphetamine.

A Border Patrol K-9 discovers nearly 39 pounds of cocaine at an immigration checkpoint in California. (Photo: U.S. Border Patrol/El Centro Sector)

183-Foot Drug Smuggling Tunnel Found Under California-Mexico Border

An international law enforcement effort led to the discovery and shutdown of a 183-foot tunnel being built to smuggle drugs, weapons, and people under the border into California. The sophisticated tunnel utilized electricity, a ventilation system, a rail system, and an electric hoist to move their illicit cargo from Mexico to the U.S.

HSI agents and Mexican law enforcement find a 183-foot tunnel under the California-Mexico border.(Photo: U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement/Homeland Security Investigations)

14 Migrants Rescued in California Wilderness near Border

El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents rescued 14 migrants who became lost in the Jacumba Wilderness after illegally crossing from Mexico into California. The rescues occurred in separate incidents during a four-day period ending on June 20.

Border Patrol BORSTAR agents from the El Centro Sector provide medical assistance to dehydrated migrants in Southern California. (Twitter Video Screencapture/U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

Smuggled Homicide Suspect Arrested in California near Border

El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents interdicted a human smuggling attempt and discovered a fugitive homicide suspect embedded within the group. The agents arrested the man and turned him over to local police for extradition to Orange County, California.

Border Patrol agents arrest illegal immigrant near Texas border.