A 39-year-old man convicted of murder in 2003 was arrested Wednesday near the Salton Sea on suspicion of being smuggled into the US, according to the El Centro Sector of the Border Patrol.
The man, whose name was not named, was convicted of murder in Orange County and sentenced to eight years in prison. He has also been ordered to be removed from the U.S. in 2009, authorities said.
He is currently detained.
The incident occurred around 9:15 am when a Border Patrol agent spotted a vehicle trying to go around the Highway 111 immigration checkpoint. Then, the agent pulled over a vehicle near Frink Road and Coachella Canal.
Authorities believe the driver and front seat passenger, both 18-year-old US citizens, smuggled two people from Mexico, authorities said. U.S. Citizens ordered with suspected smuggling.
Another passenger, a 25-year-old Mexican woman, “was driven back to her home country,” the authorities said.
Shane Newell covers news and the city of Palm Springs in Palm Springs, Cathedral City and Desert Hot Springs. He can be contacted at [email protected], 760-778-4649 or on Twitter at @journoshane.
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