CALEXICO — U.S. Border Patrol agents seized more than 100 pounds of marijuana from a motorist on Highway 98 here Saturday after receiving a tip from a concerned citizen.
The incident occurred around 3:20 p.m., after USBP received an anonymous call who stated that they observed several individuals loading bundles of suspected narcotics into a gold sedan near the East Highline Canal on Highway 98.
Further investigation resulted in the discovery of two large bundles of marijuana valued at approximately $81,000.
The driver, a male United States citizen, was placed under arrest and Border Patrol agents began to search the area for additional suspects traveling on foot.
A search of a nearby location resulted in the apprehension of two male suspects — both Mexican citizens illegally in the U.S. — attempting to flee back into Mexico.
The driver was turned over to the Imperial County Sheriff’s Office along with the narcotics and vehicle. The two illegal aliens suspected of transporting bundles of narcotics are being held by the U.S. Border Patrol pending federal prosecution.
U.S. Customs/Border Patrol agents assist in rescue south of border
OCOTILLO — Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Border Patrol and Air Interdiction agents assisted Mexican officials in the rescue of two distressed men south of the U.S.-Mexico border.
The incident occurred Friday around 8:25 a.m., after California Highway Patrol dispatchers received a 911 distress call regarding two individuals lost in the desert near the border in Ocotillo.
Agents made contact with the man and give him bottled water by passing it through the border fence. The man then began to walk back into the Mexican desert in an attempt to guide CBP air units to his partner’s location.
Air Interdiction agents located the man and his severely dehydrated partner at approximately 8:52 a.m. Once on scene emergency medical care was provided.
Fire in El Centro residence contained to single room
No injuries occurred when the El Centro Fire Department responded to a structure fire Tuesday morning in El Centro.
The incident occurred in the 700 block of Olive Avenue in El Centro at approximately 9:30 a.m., said ECFD Fire Capt. J. Payne.
“The fire was contained to one room but there was smoke damage throughout the structure,” Payne said in an interview. “We believe it was some form of electrical short.”
Payne said the fire was extinguished within about 15 minutes and the residents of the one story home were not home at the time of the fire.
Car hits semi
An Imperial man collided with a truck and was hospitalized Tuesday, according to a California High Patrol report.
Cristobal Garcia, 32, of Calexico was driving a 1985 Peterbilt truck around 11:27 a.m. Tuesday when he stopped in the southbound lane of Brockman Road at Highway 98.