Calexico, California - Monday, U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Calexico Station arrested a previously deported convicted sex offender near the downtown area approximately one mile west of the Calexico port of entry.

Salton City, California - Friday, El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Indio Station arrested two men suspected of smuggling drugs at the Highway 86 checkpoint after agents discovered more than $1,000,000 worth of cocaine concealed in a commercial truck they were driving.

Calexico, California - Tuesday, U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Calexico station seized a 2006 Chevy Suburban and arrested seven individuals attempting to smuggle approximately 257 pounds of marijuana, with an estimated value of more than $154,000 near the intersection of Highway 98 and Interstate 8.

Holtville, California - The 24th Annual Rib Cook-Off Extravaganza hosted by the Holtville Athletic Club will take place in Holtville, California. This year’s event is scheduled one weekend prior to the Super Bowl. Organizers are preparing for a crowd that will approach 12,000 by reserving 12,000 pounds of fresh pork ribs, and making preparations to serve 250 gallons of Old Fashion homemade ice cream for the single day event.

Ocotillo, California - Saturday, El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents rescued a distressed male Mexican citizen who became lost in the mountains west of Ocotillo while attempting to illegally enter the United States.

Washington, DC - Congressman Juan Vargas (CA-51) and  Dr. Raul Ruiz (CA-36) are sending a letter to President Barack Obama this week requesting funding for Salton Sea restoration. The funding includes $1 million for the Salton Sea Research Project, through the Department of Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation, and $200,000 for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ investigation request for restoration projects in the President’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 budget request.