“A cartel-connected human smuggler drove a large pickup truck loaded with 15 migrants into California from Mexico after cutting through a section of an old-technology border wall. Authorities arrested the human smuggler and the migrants following a short pursuit,” according to a report from Breitbart News.
Authorities say it occurred on Wednesday afternoon in Campo, California. At that time, agents with U.S. Border Patrol reported an incursion.
The vehicle used in the incident was reportedly a Dodge 4500. Smugglers cut through the old technology landing border wall, and then drove into California. Here’s the photo of the aftermath:
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Approximately 15 minutes later, agents spotted the human smuggler trying to cut the locks to a local resident’s gate with some bolt cutters and attempted to arrest him. The smuggler used the truck to flee starting a short chase that ended when the smuggler stopped the vehicle. The 15 migrants jumped out and attempted to run away. Authorities tracked down the 15 migrants and the human smuggler.
Officials identified the group, including the driver, as nine Mexican males, five Mexican females, and two Guatemalans. In their statement, U.S. Customs and Border Protection identified the human smuggling group as a transnational criminal organization, a word commonly used by federal agencies to describe Mexican drug cartels. The driver, a Mexican national, entered the U.S. illegally. Officials said the pickup truck had been reported stolen.