JACUMBA, Calif. — Seven Mexican nationals and one Chinese citizen were caught attempting to enter the U.S. illegally in two separate incidents in east San Diego County, border officials announced today.
The first incident occurred around 8:40 a.m. Monday when U.S. Border Patrol agents found footprints about 200 feet from the border in east San Diego County, according to the U.S. Border Patrol’s public affairs office.
Agents tracked the footprints to three men who allegedly admitted being Mexican citizens in the U.S. illegally. Among the men was a previously deported gang member with a criminal history, which includes a 2006 robbery conviction, according to the USBP.
The second incident happened around 2:15 p.m. Monday when agents spotted and chased five men near Old Highway 80 in Jacumba. According to the USBP, four of the five men admitted to being Mexican nationals and the fifth was a Chinese national who traveled to Mexico to enter the United States.