40 arrested in human smuggling investigation in Imperial Beach
IMPERIAL BEACH (AP) — 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 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 on Elder Ave.
A statement says 36 males, ages 16 to 49, and four females, ages 24 to 46, are in custody. At least one of the males is a previously deported felon with convictions for domestic violence and corporal injury to a spouse.
The investigation is ongoing.