Undocumented Mexican nationals taken into custody in Imperial Beach. Courtesy U.S. Border Patrol

Border Patrol agents arrested 40 undocumented Mexicans in two nearby “human smuggling houses” in Imperial Beach, officials reported Tuesday.

The arrests were made Monday at an apartment complex at 1485 Elder Avenue. The first unit was raided at 1:30 p.m. and 22 people were found inside.

A second raid came at 3:10 p.m. at a nearby unit, in which 18 undocumented individuals were found.

A total of 36 men and boys and four women were taken into custody. Agents said one of those detained was found to be a previously deported felon with a domestic violence conviction.

“Identifying and dismantling smuggling organizations is our top priority,” said Chief Patrol Agent Rodney S. Scott. “These organizations cannot be allowed to operate with impunity inside of our communities.”

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.