U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of California

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. …