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.

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.

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.

Imperial, California - El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents arrest a street gang member, a suspected narcotics smuggler, and seized more than two pounds of methamphetamine over the weekend.

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.

Winterhaven, California - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Andrade port of entry Thursday arrested a man after discovering more than 500 pounds of marijuana concealed in an auxiliary fuel tank located in the bed of the pickup he was driving.