BRAWLEY — The U.S. Border Patrol anti-smuggling unit, joined by police here, nabbed six Mexican nationals and 250 pounds of marijuana following a pursuit that started in Calexico on Tuesday.
The case started about 1:30 p.m. when agents doing surveillance over an area east of Calexico known for smuggling saw a suspicious group on the Mexican side of the border.
The agents witnessed the group move into the New River and float into the United States, using duffel bags as floatation devices, according to Michael Capeci, an investigator with the county District Attorney's Office assigned to the county Narcotic Task Force.
Capeci said agents then saw the group leave the New River on the U.S. side and move toward a car.
The group members put the duffel bags in the car and got inside. Agents in an unmarked vehicle flashed their emergency lights and attempted a traffic stop.