Recalling days of the wild wild west, U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested Mexican nationals last week for cross-border horse smuggling after agents observed them attempting to illegally import five horses.
Agents witnessed two men illegally cross the U.S.-Mexico border with five horses around 5 a.m., in a canyon near Campo, California. The two subjects returned to Mexico on foot leaving the horses alone on the north side of the border. At around 9 a.m., agents witnessed a gray Dodge pickup truck towing a small horse trailer containing one horse approach the location of the other horses. Two subjects exited the truck and were observed loading the five horses into their horse trailer.
The driver of the pickup truck and trailer was later stopped by Border Patrol agents on Highway 94. After questioning, the suspected smugglers were arrested and charged with illegal importation. The Dodge pickup truck and trailer were seized by the U.S. Border Patrol, and the six horses were turned over to the U.S. Department of Agriculture for quarantine and future auction.