Bor­der Pa­trol thwarts smug­gling at­tempts

Albuquerque Journal - - METRO & NM -

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.

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