An investigation by the Border Patrol resulted in the arrest of 40 Mexican immigrants who were located in two departments in the city of Imperial Beach, in southern San Diego County, authorities said Tuesday.
Federal agents received authorization to register on Monday an apartment in an area of Imperial Beach located a few kilometers from the border with Mexico on suspicion that there could be a group of undocumented.
Inside, 22 people of Mexican nationality were found, according to a spokeswoman for the Border Patrol.
Subsequently, the officers interrogated the neighbors of the building, which led them to another department of which they also had suspicions.
Upon obtaining approval to enter, another group of 18 people, also of Mexican nationality, was found, who tried to hide themselves, according to the immigration agency.
Thirty-six men between the ages of 16 and 49 were arrested and four women between the ages of 24 and 46 are now in the custody of federal authorities.
Rodney Scott, head of the Border Patrol sector, said that "identifying and dismantling trafficking organizations is the top priority."
"These groups can not operate with impunity within our communities," he added.
While identifying the individuals who were detained, the federal authorities specified that at least one of the detained men had been deported after having been charged with domestic violence.