BRAWLEY — U.S. Border Patrol agents and the Brawley Police Department apprehended 54 suspected undocumented immigrants and two suspected immigrant smugglers Tuesday.
Three vehicles carrying the suspected immigrants were traveling through the west desert Tuesday morning around 7:30 a.m., said Manny Figueroa, a U.S. Border Patrol spokesman.
Border Patrol agents stopped the first vehicle, a stolen sport-utility, near Drew Road and took 18 suspected undocumented immigrants into custody. The driver ran from the scene and was not apprehended, Figueroa said.
The second SUV — it was not known this morning if it was stolen — was stopped west of Drew Road near Interstate 8. Agents apprehended 16 undocumented immigrants and one suspected smuggler.