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Bi-National Operation Yields Rifle, Ammunition, Makeshift Ladders

The U.S. Border Patrol Agents seized a loaded rifle magazine and 29 makeshift ladders used to scale the border wall in a recent binational operation near Otay Mountain California.
CBP ladders
The bi-national patrol began Wednesday at about 6 a.m. in the mountainous area east of the Otay Mesa Port of Entry and included Border Patrol Agents from the San Diego Sector Foreign Operations Branch and the Guardia Nacional and Instituto Nacional de Migracion.

The U.S. Border Patrol Agents seized a loaded rifle magazine and 29 makeshift ladders used to scale the border wall in a recent binational operation near Otay Mountain California. 

Border patrol agents using handheld drone technology observed a group of suspected undocumented migrants and armed smugglers near the international boundary. The agents, along with Mexican law enforcement elements, responded to the location from both sides of the border, reads a news release. 

The bi-national patrol began Wednesday at about 6 a.m. in the mountainous area east of the Otay Mesa Port of Entry and included Border Patrol Agents from the San Diego Sector Foreign Operations Branch and the Guardia Nacional and Instituto Nacional de Migracion.

The group was able to get away but left behind several items, which includes a loaded rifle magazine, 75 rounds of 7.62 ammunition, and 29 makeshift ladders used to scale the border wall.

“Our agents continue to leverage the strong relationships we have forged with our law enforcement partners in Mexico,” said San Diego Chief Patrol Agent Aaron M. Heitke. “Border safety has always been a shared concern, and this is just one example of how our coordinated efforts against a common threat has paid off.”

The agency said it transported the seized items to the Joint California Forensic Center for processing. The San Diego Sector Border Patrol conducted over 149 binational patrols in collaboration with the Government of Mexico. 

Officials said they will continue to collaborate with Mexican authorities “with the goal of dismantling Transnational Criminal Organizations and disrupting bandit activity along our shared borders”.