Border Patrol Arrests 23 People Near Break in Border Fence


Border Patrol photo shows the breach in the fence on Monday.

Border Patrol agents from San Diego arrested 23 illegal aliens near Tecate who had been smuggled through a break in the border fence in three vehicles.

The arrests, which took place Monday morning, came about 20 miles east of the Tecate port of entry. Agents spotted a panel missing from the international boundary fence, found an abandoned Dodge Ram pickup, footprints and other tire tracks.

With the help of a K-9 team, agents rounded up 17 individuals near the break.

A short distance away, a GMC Safari van was found hidden in the brush. When agents approached, the vehicle accelerated and crashed into a nearby fence. The driver and one passenger fled, but six individuals inside the van were arrested.

Later in the day, agents located a third vehicle, an abandoned Ford Expedition, which was determined to be involved in the same smuggling incident.

All individuals arrested face removal proceedings.