40 ar­rested in hu­man smug­gling in­ves­ti­ga­tion in Cal­i­for­nia

Porterville Recorder - - STATE -

Fed­eral au­thor­i­ties say 40 peo­ple in the U.S. il­le­gally were ar­rested after in­ves­ti­ga­tors found two sep­a­rate apart­ments used in a sus­pected hu­man smug­gling op­er­a­tion in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia.

Of­fi­cials say U.S. Bor­der Pa­trol agents raided an apart­ment in the city of Im­pe­rial Beach on Mon­day and dis­cov­ered 22 Mex­i­can na­tion­als. After fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion the agents found 18 ad­di­tional peo­ple from Mex­ico at an­other unit in the same apart­ment com­plex.

A state­ment says 36 males, ages 16 to 49, and four fe­males, ages 24 to 46, are in cus­tody.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion is on­go­ing.

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