OCOTILLO, Calif. – U.S. Border Patrol agents from El Centro Sector rescued an undocumented individual in the Jacumba Wilderness region near Ocotillo, Saturday afternoon.
At approximately 12:23 p.m., the Imperial County Sherriff’s Office contacted the El Centro station and requested assistance in locating a lost individual in their mountain region. Agents were notified of the distress call and responded to the last known GPS coordinates provided. At approximately 2:30 p.m., agents located the individual, two miles north of the U.S./Mexico border.
After a wellness check of the individual, it was determined no medical assistance was needed, and it was verified that the individual did not possess the required documents to be legally present in the United States.
The individual was taken into custody and transported to the El Centro Sector Processing Center for additional medical evaluation and to be processed accordingly.
Since October, El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents have successfully rescued 170 individuals who were lost, in distress, or abandoned by smugglers.
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