San Diego Sector

Migrant Dies in Maritime Human Smuggling Incident

An attempted human smuggling incident ended with the death of one migrant, another hospitalized in grave condition, and an alleged smuggler in jail. The incident happened in rough seas off the southern California coast.

Capsized human smuggling vessel. One migrant died during this incident and another is in grave condition. (Photo: U.S. Border Patrol/San Diego Sector)

Migrants, Human Smuggler Busted in Boat off California Coast

An Air and Marine Operations crew located a boat off the coast of California and helped disrupt a human smuggling operation. They teamed up with Border Patrol agents and local law enforcement to seize the boat and arrest the smuggler with his human cargo.

CBP agents arrest nine illegal aliens off the California coast near San Diego. (Photo: U.S. Customs and Border Protection/Air and Marine Operations)

22 Migrants Rescued in California Wilderness near Border

San Diego Sector Border Patrol agents rescued 22 migrants from California wilderness areas during a 24-hour period ending on Friday. The rescues followed the onset of bad weather in the area. At about noon on Friday, the San Diego Sheriff’s

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Alleged Smugglers Use Children to Distract from Meth Smuggling

United States Border Patrol agents carried out two separate arrests this week involving drug smugglers transporting large quantities of methamphetamine while utilizing children as a diversionary tactic. The two busts resulted in a total seizure of 225 pounds of methamphetamine valued at approximately $541,694.

U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents and K-9 security dogs keep watch at a checkpoint station, Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, in Falfurrias, Texas. Government agencies vary widely in how they are dealing with $85 billion in across-the-board budget cuts that went into effect last week. Federal workers could face seven …

3K Migrants Rescued from Human Smuggling Abuses in 2019, Say Feds

U.S. Border Patrol agents rescued and apprehended more than 3,000 migrants during Fiscal Year 2019 who were abused in the process of human smuggling operations in the U.S. Many migrants are extorted, raped, beaten, or placed in life-threatening situations during the human smuggling process.

Border Patrol agents rescue an illegal immigrant who fell victim to the Texas heat near the Rio Grande River. (Photo: U.S. Border Patrol/Rio Grande Valley Sector)

WATCH: Migrants Fail to Scale New Border Wall Section

Border Patrol security video captures a failed attempt by a pair of migrants to cross a new border wall section near San Diego, California. The migrants attempted to scale the new bollard wall section but could not reach the top. Agents responded and apprehended the duo.

A man on the U.S. side of the border in San Diego climbs a ladder to help to migrants attempt to cross the new border wall. The technology delayed the migrants long enough for Border Patrol agents to respond and disrupt the effort. (Photo: U.S. Customs and Border Protection video …

Accused Child Rapist Arrested at Arizona Border

Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents arrested a Mexican national with active warrants on charges of raping a child and aggravated sexual abuse of a child. The illegal alien from Mexico is one of several alleged or convicted child sex offenders arrested by Border Patrol agents this week.

YUMA, AZ - MARCH 17: Handcuffs are removed from a suspected illegal immigrant as he is loaded into the back of a U.S. Customs and Border Protection border patrol vehicle after being apprehended on the California side of the Colorado River on March 17, 2006 near Yuma, Arizona. As Congress …

Smuggler Busted with 12 Migrants in Sailboat Off California Coast

San Diego Sector Border Patrol agents stopped a previously deported child sex offender from making his way successfully back into the U.S. The agents also disrupted a human smuggling event after a Coast Guard vessel stopped a sailboat loaded with 12 illegal immigrants off the California coast.

Coast Guard finds 13 illegal aliens on sailboat off California coast. (Photo: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

U.S. Marine Accused of Smuggling Migrants for $1K

Federal prosecutors in California charged an active duty U.S. Marine for allegedly transporting illegal immigrants for financial gain. Smugglers allegedly offered the Marine a fee of $1,000 to transport the migrants.

MISSION, TX - APRIL 11: A U.S. Border Patrol agent handcuffs an undocumented immigrant near the U.S.-Mexico border on April 11, 2013 near Mission, Texas. A group of 16 immigrants from Mexico and El Salvador said they crossed the Rio Grande River from Mexico into Texas during the morning hours …

Salvadoran Asylum Seekers Arrested on Human Smuggling Charges

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of California filed charges against two Salvadoran asylum seekers for allegedly attempting to smuggle two other migrants past an immigration checkpoint. Border Patrol agents arrested the Salvadoran migrants at the State Route 94 station located about seven miles from the Mexican border.

In this Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017 photo, a sign warns of the upcoming California Pine Valley checkpoint, on the main route from Arizona to San Diego. California legalizes marijuana for recreational use Jan. 1 but that won't stop federal agents from seizing small amounts on busy freeways and backcountry highways. …