PLASTER CITY, Calif. – Agents with the El Centro Sector Border Search Trauma and Rescue (BORSTAR) unit rescued 10 people who illegally entered the United States on Friday.
The incident occurred approximately 12 miles north of Plaster City at around 8:25 a.m., when Border Patrol dispatchers received a call from the Imperial County Sheriff’s Office (ICSO) dispatch. ICSO received a distress call from a man claiming to be part of a group of illegal immigrants lost in the desert without water or food.
Sherriff’s office dispatchers were able to provide an approximate location of the man and his companions based on cellphone tower triangulation which was near the Superstition Mountain Bombing Range.
BORSTAR agents were notified and immediately began to search the area near the coordinates provided by the Sheriff’s office.
At approximately 9:30 a.m., agents located two of the men and continued searching for the remainder of the group. Agents were able to locate the remaining eight people at approximately 10:20 a.m.
All ten people were treated for dehydration by BORSTAR agents with three men needing intravenous fluids.
“The smuggling of human beings often subjects its victims to dangerous and harsh conditions. Inclement weather and inhospitable terrain are not important considerations to smugglers who place an emphasis on profit over their victim’s safety,” said Chief Patrol Agent Rodney S. Scott of the El Centro Sector Border Patrol.
After treating the group, agents determined that one of the men was a United States citizen and another man was a permanent resident. The rest of the group was composed of four men and two women all citizens of Mexico, a 15-year-old male juvenile and one male citizen of Honduras.
The group is in Border Patrol custody pending further investigation.