Binational Effort Results in Arrest of Wanted Mexican National and Marijuana Seizure

Tecate, Baja California - Friday, U.S. Border Patrol agents from the El Cajon station spotted several smugglers south of the border in Mexico, heading north.  Working with other law enforcement, the subsequent narcotic seizure also resulted in the arrest of a man considered to be a “top threat” in El Cajon’s area of responsibility.

At about 8 a.m., El Cajon agents contacted the San Diego Sector’s Foreign Operations Branch (FOB) about a group of seven men in Mexico walking north towards the border.  FOB agents contacted the Government of Mexico (GoM), who responded by sending military personnel (Secretaría de la Defensa Nacional—SEDENA) to the site.  El Cajon agents had been monitoring the group and updated GoM officials.  GoM officials moved in, arrested seven men, and confiscated four bundles of marijuana.  GoM later contacted U.S. officials and indicated that Juan Francisco Jimenz-Osuna was a member of the arrested group.

Juan Francisco Jimenz-Osuna was previously identified as a top threat in the El Cajon area of responsibility.  He was identified as a smuggler in 2008 and has been arrested nine times in the U.S.  He also is wanted in Mexico and will be prosecuted there for drug trafficking and possession of narcotics.

To prevent the illicit smuggling of humans, drugs, and other contraband, the U.S. Border Patrol maintains a high level of vigilance on major corridors of egress away from our Nation’s borders.  To report suspicious activity to the U.S. Border Patrol, contact San Diego Sector at (619) 498-9900.

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