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Last week, Border Patrol agents arrested a group of six men who entered the United States illegally.  One man was wanted for murder in Oaxaca, Mexico.

The incident occurred on Friday, March 8, at approximately 3:30 p.m., near Imperial Beach, Calif., when a scope operator notified agents that six individuals climbed the primary border fence and passed through a cut in the old secondary border fence.

Agents responded and apprehended six men just north of the secondary fence breach.  With no documentation allowing them to remain in the U.S., the men were placed under arrest and transported to a nearby station.

Border Patrol agents ran record checks on the men which revealed that one of them, 26-year-old Mexican national Antonio Santiago-Ruiz, possessed an outstanding warrant for homicide issued by the State of Oaxaca, Mexico.

On March 13, in coordination with Mexico’s General Office of the Republic, Santiago-Ruiz was turned over to Mexican government officials at the San Ysidro port of entry due to his outstanding warrant.

San Diego Sector Chief Patrol Agent Rodney Scott stated, “While criminals persist in their illegal activity, we too are persistent.  The arrest of Antonio Santiago-Ruiz illustrates this well.  We can be thankful that agents arrested this individual who attempted to escape justice.”

The five remaining men, three from Mexico, one from Honduras, and one from Guatemala, were processed for expedited removal.

To prevent the illicit smuggling of humans, drugs, and other contraband, the U.S. Border Patrol maintains a high level of vigilance on corridors of egress away from our Nation’s borders.  To report suspicious activity to the U.S. Border Patrol, contact San Diego Sector at (619) 498-9900.


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