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Report: Illegal immigrants involved in deadly crash near US-Mexico border paid smugglers up to $10K each

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The illegal immigrants who were involved in a deadly California car accident last week reportedly paid up to $10,000 each to be smuggled across the U.S.-Mexico border.

13 immigrants were killed last week after an SUV filled with 25 suspected undocumented immigrants collided with a semi-truck in Southern California, near the border.

The Daily Mail has reported that the immigrants paid between $5,000 to $10,000 to be smuggled across the border, with Guatemalan immigrants paying the most due to the longer trip.

Authorities are still investigating the crash, however, locals told DailyMail.com that the area is notorious for crashes.

Sargeant Arturo Platero of the California Highway Patrol told DailyMail.com that he had never seen a crash so extreme.

“Me personally, I’ve never come across anything like that before. It’s extreme. Obviously, that vehicle wasn’t meant to hold that many people,” he said.

“We deal with crashes on a daily basis. Every day we see collisions and every day there are people who die as a result. But this magnitude, this is obviously something different.”

Officer Carlos Pitones of the El Centro sector said that President Joe Biden’s immigration policies are causing a rise in illegal immigration.

“It’s been picking up – it’s been really busy in the area,” he said. “Biden is having an effect.”

Moreover, border patrol authorities said that Biden’s immigration policies have encouraged more undocumented immigrants to attempt to smuggle into the U.S.

Border patrol numbers for the El Centro sector where the crash occurred show that 13,787 people attempted to cross into the U.S. illegally in Jan.– a 100% increase from 2020 when just 6,429 attempts were made.

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$18 million dollars’ worth of methamphetamine hidden within a shipment of squash

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers working at the Otay Mesa Commercial Facility discovered $18 million dollars’ worth of methamphetamine hidden within a shipment of squash.

Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) revealed in a press release on Monday, at approximately 6:47 a.m.,that CBP officers encountered a 44-year-old male driving a commercial tractor-trailer with a shipment manifested for squash. The driver, a valid border crossing card holder, was referred for further examination by CBP officers along with the tractor-trailer and shipment.

Non-intrusive scanning technology was utilized to conduct a full scan of the tractor trailer which showed irregularities and CBP officers requested a CBP human and narcotics detection canine. The canine team responded and alerted officers to the presence of narcotics.

A total of 1,419 packages concealed within the shipment of squash was discovered and extracted. The narcotics were tested and identified as methamphetamine with a total weight of 11,469 pounds with an estimated street value of $18,350,400.

“Our officers’ commitment to duty, excellence, and the safety of our nation is truly commendable. These results serve as an outstanding display of effectiveness in thwarting the illegal importation of narcotics,” stated Rosa E. Hernandez, Otay Mesa Area Port Director. “Their exceptional efforts truly embody the highest standards of service.”

The seizures are part of Operation Apollo, a holistic counter-fentanyl effort that began on October 26, 2023 in southern California, and expanded to Arizona on April 10, 2024, the CBP release reveals. Operation Apollo focuses on intelligence collection and partnerships, and utilizes local CBP field assets augmented by federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial partners to boost resources, increase collaboration, and target the smuggling of fentanyl into the United States.

The CDC states that more than 150 people die every day from drug overdoses related to synthetic opioids derived from fentanyl.

 

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