Illegal Immigrant detained by Border Patrol on suspicion of organizing transnational criminal smuggling operation


NATIONAL CITY (KUSI) — An illegal immigrant living in National City was arrested over the weekend on suspicion of being an organizer for a transnational criminal smuggling organization operating in East County.

Cellphone video, that has since gone viral, shows Perla Morales-Luna being detained by Border Patrol agents in front of her three daughters Saturday, March 4.

Morales-Luna was arrested as a result of a targeted operation on March 3 in National City for being in the country illegally, according to Michael J. Scappechio, Supervisory Border Patrol Agent for the U.S. Border Patrol.

Morales-Luna is currently in Border Patrol custody awaiting transfer to ICE for removal proceedings.

This is a developing story and will be updated as information becomes available.

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