Border Patrol thwarts smuggling attempts
SANTA TERESA — U.S. Border Patrol agents thwarted several smuggling attempts Monday evening, according to an agency news release.
Santa Teresa Border Patrol agents conducting surveillance near the Mount Cristo Rey and Sunland Park areas observed several groups they believed were illegally crossing the border Sept. 21. The groups included as few as three and as many as 13 people, the release stated.
The limited infrastructure and natural concealment in the Mount Cristo Rey area provide a prime location for “transnational criminal organizations” to exploit and smuggle groups, according to USBP. The rough terrain through the mountainous area, however, poses many dangers for migrants.
Monday’s activity resulted in Santa Teresa agents arresting a total of 63 individuals. Those taken into custody included individuals from Cuba, Ecuador, Honduras and several other nations, the agency stated.
Agents also provided first aid to one person who was injured.