A U.S. Customs Service Black Hawk helicopter aided in the pursuit of a "load" vehicle through the Imperial Valley this morning that ended with one smuggler being arrested and 21 undocumented immigrants being taken into custody.
U.S. Customs spokesman Vince Bond said a Customs Black Hawk was in the Valley on a "discreet" mission with the U.S. Border Patrol.
U.S. Border Patrol Agent Manuel Figueroa said at times the two federal agencies join in patrolling the desert. He said a Border Patrol agent was on the helicopter with the Customs crew.
Around 4:45 a.m. those in the helicopter using night-vision goggles spotted a vehicle cross the border just west of the Imperial Sand Dunes near the Midway campground.