This Week Along The Border...

This Week Along The Border…

CBP OFFICERS SEIZE CRYSTAL METH WORTH MORE THAN $2.9 MILLION

LAREDO, Texas –U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Colombia Solidarity International Bridge took $2,951,960 worth of crystal methamphetamine off the streets when they discovered the narcotics concealed within a personally owned vehicle.

“This is another prime example of our CBP officers’ commitment to our Border Security mission of preventing narcotics from entering our country,” said Port Director Albert Flores, Laredo Port of Entry.  “Intercepting people who are attempting to bring illicit contraband is just one of the many duties our CBP officers do to keep our communities safe.”

The seizure occurred on Thursday, August 29, 2019 when a CBP officer referred a 2007 Chrysler Pacifica driven by a 21-year-old-female United States citizen and resident of Houston, Texas for a secondary inspection.  The utilization of a canine and non-intrusive imaging (NII) technology as part of the secondary inspection resulted in the discovery of 65 packages of alleged crystal methamphetamine.

CBP officers seized the vehicle and the methamphetamine, which weighed 147 pounds.  The driver was arrested and the case is under investigation by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). read here

CBP OFFICERS AT THE LAREDO PORT OF ENTRY TAKE CUSTODY OF FUGITIVE WANTED IN DALLAS FOR HOMICIDE

LAREDO, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Laredo Port of Entry in collaboration with Mexican authorities detained a male subject at the Gateway to the Americas International Bridge. Utilizing CBP databases, CBP officers confirmed he was a subject of a National Crime Information Center (NCIC) warrant for homicide.

“CBP has an outstanding working relationship with our Mexican counterparts and continue to keep constant communication when dangerous fugitives from the Unites States flee the country and are apprehended by Mexican authorities,” said Port Director Albert Flores, Laredo Port of Entry. read here

LARGE GROUPS OF MIGRANTS SURRENDER NEAR SASABE

TUCSON, Ariz. – This week, U.S. Border Patrol agents encountered three groups of 98, 66, and 78 people east of Sasabe. The three groups, comprised mostly of Central American families, surrendered to agents after crossing the border illegally.

Tucson Sector Border Patrol has seen large groups of family units shift from the Lukeville area to Sasabe over the course of the summer.

During the months of April and May, multiple groups of several hundred people surrendered to Border Patrol agents near Quitobaquito Springs west of Lukeville. The last such group in the region was on May 28. read here

YUMA SECTOR BP RECOVER STOLEN GUN AND SEIZE DRUGS AT CHECKPOINT

YUMA, Ariz. – At approximately 8:27 p.m., Wellton Station agents working at the checkpoint referred a white 2010 Scion xB to the secondary inspection area following a Border Patrol canine alert. Agents discovered a 9 MM Taurus PR handgun as well as 5 grams of methamphetamine. Record checks on the pistol revealed it to be stolen.

The driver, a 55-year-old U.S. citizen from Lakeside, was arrested for possession of a stolen firearm and possession of a controlled substance. read here

CBP AIR AND MARINE OPERATIONS SAVE FIVE DISTRESSED ALIENS

SAN DIEGO – Customs and Border Protection Air & Marine Operations Air & Marine Operations  (AMO) conducted two lifesaving rescues this week of five individuals who entered the country illegally.

read hereThe first rescue occurred on Tuesday at 5 p.m., after El Centro Sector Border Patrol requested air service for a group of distressed individuals in the remote mountainous area of Jacumba Wilderness Area near El Centro, Calf.  AMO launched a UH-60 Black Hawk  crew from Naval Air Station North Island. read here

CBP STOPS PASSENGER WITH BALLISTIC ARMOR LEADING TO DISCOVERY OF WEAPONS CACHE

Romulus, Mich. – On August 18, a Chinese national arrived at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport from Beijing.  When first encountered, the passenger gave a negative declaration to carrying any prohibited items.  During an examination of the traveler’s luggage, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Officers discovered undeclared ballistic armor and other tactical apparel.  CBP Officers also discovered evidence that the traveler possessed a significant weapons cache at his U.S. residence, which appeared to include prohibited items such as high capacity magazines and “bump-stock” devices. read here

BORDER PATROL AGENTS RESCUE THREE FROM RIO GRANDE RIVER

DEL RIO, Texas U.S. Border Patrol agents working with the Eagle Pass South Station Marine Unit rescued three people, including two small boys, stranded in the Rio Grande River, Aug. 28.

“I am extremely proud of the lifesaving efforts put forth by Border Patrol agents in the Del Rio Sector,” said Del Rio Sector Chief Patrol Agent Raul L. Ortiz. “However, it is disheartening that families continue to put their lives and the lives of their children at risk of drowning and heat related injuries by crossing the dangerous Rio Grande River and through the surrounding desert.

Border Patrol agents rescued three Honduran nationals, including two children ages 3 and 5, after the group attempted to wade across the Rio Grande River near the Port of Entry in Eagle Pass. The group entered the river, with the mother carrying one small child and assisting the older boy. They became stranded in high-current waist-deep water. Marine agents maneuvered a patrol vessel to the group and brought them safely to shore. read here

EAGLE PASS BORDER PATROL AGENTS ARREST A WOMAN WITH METHAMPHETAMINE

EAGLE PASS, Texas U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Eagle Pass South Station seized 1.8 pounds of methamphetamine at the U.S. Highway 57 immigration checkpoint, Aug. 27.

“Criminal organizations continue to use creative methods of concealment,” said Del Rio Sector Chief Patrol Agent Raul L. Ortiz. “Smugglers will attempt different techniques, including the use of body carriers, as was the case in this arrest.

Border Patrol agents referred an Eagle Pass woman to secondary inspection after a service canine alerted to the presence of narcotics in the vehicle she was driving. A search led to the discovery of 1.8 pounds of methamphetamine concealed on the woman beneath her clothing. The methamphetamine has an estimated street value of nearly $58,000.

The driver and narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Agency.  read here

NEW MEXICO IMMIGRATION CHECKPOINTS CAPTURE TWO DANGEROUS CRIMINAL ALIENS

LAS CRUCES, N.M. – This week, U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the checkpoint north of Las Cruces, New Mexico, arrested two dangerous criminals being smuggled further into the U.S.

 

On Wednesday, Border Patrol agents from the checkpoint near Las Cruces thwarted a smuggling attempt of illegal aliens. During processing, records checks revealed that one adult male was a registered sex offender. In April 2019, the subject had been sentenced to 29 months incarceration and 30 months supervised probation for sex offenses committed against his 14 year-old stepchild in North Carolina. Based on that conviction, ICE (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement) subsequently deported him to Mexico. read here

BORDER PATROL CHECKPOINT NARCOTICS SEIZURE

LAS CRUCES, N.M. – On Wednesday evening, U.S. Border Patrol agents at a checkpoint north of Las Cruces, seized narcotics worth approximately $2,200.

Border Patrol Agents stopped a vehicle in order to conduct a routine immigration inspection. The driver claimed to be a U.S. citizen, but agents noticed inconsistencies during a brief conversation at primary inspection. After the driver consented to a vehicle search, a U.S. Border Patrol canine performed a non-intrusive sniff and alerted, indicating the possible presence of narcotics.

Border Patrol agents then carried out a thorough search of the vehicle and found a plastic bag containing a white crystal substance under the driver’s seat. The bag contained approximately 5 ounces of methamphetamine worth almost $2,200. The driver and meth were turned over to DEA agents, and the vehicle will be returned to its registered owner. read here

BORDER PATROL AGENTS SEIZE OVER $1 MILLION OF NARCOTICS IN SINGLE BUST

AS CRUCES, N.M. – Monday night, U.S. Border Patrol agents at a checkpoint north of Las Cruces, seized narcotics worth more than $1 million from a single pickup truck.

While conducting a routine immigration inspection, Border Patrol Agents stopped a 2007 black Dodge Ram for further investigation. Agents interviewed the occupants, who were both Mexican nationals in possession of valid Border Crossing Visas. After the occupants consented to a vehicle search, a U.S. Border Patrol canine performed a non-intrusive sniff of the vehicle and alerted, indicating the possible presence of narcotics. read here

CBP MAKING PREPARATIONS FOR HURRICANE DORIAN ACROSS FLORIDA

MIAMI – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) personnel across Florida are making final preparations—working closely with a far-reaching network of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) partners and local officials in advance of Hurricane Dorian.

CBP has activated Diane J. Sabatino, the Miami/Tampa Field Office Director of Operations, as the agency’s Lead Field Coordinator to manage the CBP Region IV Emergency Operation Center based in Greater Miami. CBP Region IV provides communications and coordination for all CBP surface, land and air assets in Region IV which includes Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, the Caribbean, Puerto Rico and the U.S Virgin Islands during major disasters and national emergencies. read here

A JOINT ENFORCEMENT ACTION RESULTS IN APPREHENSION OF ILLEGAL ALIENS

LAREDO, Texas – During a joint enforcement action, U.S. Border Patrol, Laredo Police Department (LPD), and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) apprehended several illegal aliens in Laredo, Texas.

On August 27, the Laredo Sector Border Patrol received a report from LPD of illegal aliens being harbored at a house in south Laredo, Texas.  Agents conducted surveillance on the suspected stash house and observed suspicious activity including multiple vehicles arriving and leaving the residence.   A joint enforcement action led to the arrest of two United States citizens and 14 illegal aliens.  read here

BORDER PATROL SEIZES NARCOTICS AT THE INTERSTATE 35 TRAFFIC CHECKPOINT

LAREDO, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned the Laredo North Station seized several bundles of marijuana at the Interstate 35 Checkpoint located north of Laredo, Texas.

The incident occurred on August 27, when a pickup truck approached the primary inspection lane.  The vehicle was referred to secondary inspection after a service canine alerted to the odors of concealed humans and/or narcotics in the vehicle.

A search of a toolbox in the bed of the truck revealed six bundles containing 145 Lbs. (65.8 Kg) of marijuana with a street value of $116,051. read here

CBP AT LAX INTERCEPTS SPANISH FUGITIVE ALLEGEDLY INVOLVED IN A CRIME OF PASSION IN MEXICO

LOS ANGELES—On Monday August 26th, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) intercepted a 19 year-old male citizen of Spain, who confessed to the killing of an individual he “caught with his girlfriend,” the day before in Mexico City.

The passenger arrived from Mexico City and was seeking admission into the United States as a visitor for pleasure under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). During the initial inspection, the CBP officer noticed that the passenger seemed nervous and fidgety and could not present a return ticket. read here

BORDER PATROL ARREST THREE IN SEPARATE INCIDENTS IN MAINE

HOULTON, Maine- The United States Border Patrol in Maine reports three Mexican Nationals were arrested for immigration violations over the past week. The arrests occurred in Farmington on August 23, and in the Bridgewater area on August 24.

Agents encountered Margarito Vega-Vasquez in Farmington while responding to a concerned citizen call. The Mexican National was found to have entered the United States illegally near Laredo, Texas, in 2019. Records checks showed Vega-Vasquez was previously removed from the United States. read here

U.S. BORDER PATROL SEIZES NEARLY 400 POUNDS OF MARIJUANA IN UPSTATE NEW YORK

Alexandria Bay, N.Y. – On August 28, U.S. Border Patrol Agents from the Wellesley Island Station, along with Homeland Security Investigations, Metro Jefferson County Drug Task Force, New York State Police, New York State Parks Police, and Alexandria Bay Police Department, seized more than 393 pounds of marijuana with a street value of over $314,400.00.

Border Patrol Agents responded to suspicious activity at the Harbor Village Villas in the Village of Alexandria Bay. After an investigation, a Border Patrol canine team and a search warrant were obtained for a residence located within the villas. The canine alerted to several different locations on the property as well as a van parked outside the residence. A total of nine duffel bags filled with marijuana were found throughout the property. The marijuana was seized and a United States Citizen from New York City was arrested at the scene. read here

DEL RIO SECTOR BORDER PATROL AGENTS ARREST CONVICTED SEX OFFENDER

DEL RIO, Texas U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Del Rio Station arrested a convicted sex offender, Aug. 25.

“Criminals will keep trying to enter further into the United States and make their way into our communities,” said Chief Patrol Agent Raul L. Ortiz. “This is how our men and women of the Border Patrol keep our communities safe from predators like this.”

Agents apprehended Francisco W. Rodriguez-Garcia, 35, a citizen of Mexico, after he entered the United States illegally. During processing, records checks revealed that he was convicted in 2005 of felony aggravated sexual assault of a child under 14, in Garland, and served nine years in prison. He was deported to Mexico in 2014. read here

LAREDO SECTOR BORDER PATROL AGENTS ARREST GANG MEMBER

LAREDO, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Laredo North Station arrested a gang member involved in an alien smuggling case at the Border Patrol checkpoint on Interstate 35 (I-35).

The incident occurred during the evening on August 26, when a Ford pickup truck approached the primary inspection lane at the checkpoint.  The vehicle was referred to secondary inspection after a canine alerted to the odors of concealed humans and/or narcotics.  read here

BORDER PATROL SEIZES 146 POUNDS OF METH IN TWO SEPARATE EVENTS

SALTON CITY, Calif. – El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Highway 86 immigration checkpoint foiled two methamphetamine smuggling attempts on Tuesday.

The first incident occurred at approximately 11:26 a.m., when a female driver approached the checkpoint in a white Cadillac CTS.

During an immigration inspection in the primary lane, a Border Patrol canine detection team alerted to the vehicle. Agents referred the vehicle to secondary inspection for further investigation. read here

RIO GRANDE VALLEY ALIEN SMUGGLING ATTEMPTS FOILED BY BORDER PATROL AGENTS

EDINBURG, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents in the Rio Grande Valley Sector stopped two separate alien smuggling attempts resulting in the arrest of 15 illegal aliens.

On Friday, McAllen agents working near Mission, Texas, responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle leaving the Rio Grande at a high rate of speed. As mobile units responded, the driver of the vehicle returned to the river and all of the occupants fled on foot. Agents searched the area, arresting the driver and 11 illegal aliens.

On Sunday, Falfurrias agents working at the checkpoint referred a tractor-trailer for secondary inspection. During the investigation, agents located four illegal aliens attempting to conceal themselves inside the cabin of the tractor. Agents arrested the driver and escorted all subjects into the checkpoint for processing.read here

CBP NATIONAL AIR SECURITY OPERATIONS CENTER OPENS NEW CONSOLIDATED FACILITY

GRAND FORKS, ND – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Air and Marine Operations (AMO), National Air Security Operations Center – Grand Forks (NASOC-GF) officially opened its new facility on Grand Forks Air Force Base (GFAFB) today.

In April 2017, the U.S. Air Force (USAF) asked NASOC-GF to relocate its operational facility, due to the expanding USAF Global Hawk mission and the adjacency to their existing Global Hawk mission. To facilitate this request Congress provided AMO $8,000,000 to fund the relocation effort on GFAFB. The relocation was completed with an expedited schedule, as was required, in order to support the USAF critical mission requirements. read here

FOUR RESCUED FROM OVERTURNED VESSEL BY CBP AIR AND MARINE OPERATIONS

SAINT AUGUSTINE, Fla.— Four United States citizens, clinging on to an overturned vessel, were spotted by an Air and Marine Operations (AMO) crew that had just departed the National Marine Training Center (NMTC) in Saint Augustine, Florida yesterday.  The crew was enroute to conduct training when they noticed and quickly responded to the rescue situation.  Breaking waves were pounding the vessel and the individuals just outside the Saint Augustine inlet.  The AMO crew, aboard a 38-foot Secure Around Flotation Equipped (SAFE) Boat, maneuvered close enough to the vessel, where they successfully tossed life jackets to each of the four individuals.  read here

DEL RIO SECTOR BORDER PATROL HOSTS RANCHERS MEETING

DEL RIO, Texas – Chief Patrol Agent Raul L. Ortiz invited several local ranch owners and law enforcement officials from the Comstock, Del Rio, Brackettville and Rocksprings areas to a meeting at the Del Rio Sector Border Patrol Headquarters, Aug. 27.

Close to 90 people attended the meeting, where Chief Ortiz welcomed them and expressed thanks for the continued support from land owners and law enforcement officials in the Del Rio area. “We cannot do this alone,” said Chief Ortiz. “Only through a unity of effort, which involves the entire community working together, can we achieve true control of our border area.” read here

CBP OFFICERS AT ROMA PORT OF ENTRY APPREHEND MAN WANTED IN EDINBURG, TX ON CHILD INDECENCY WARRANT

ROMA, Texas — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations officers at the Roma Port of Entry apprehended a traveler wanted on an outstanding felony warrant for indecency with a child.

“Our frontline officers maintain strict vigilance in support of our border security mission. By positively identifying and apprehending persons wanted on outstanding warrants for crimes of a sexual nature involving children, our officers help protect our communities,” said Port Director Andres Guerra, Roma Port of Entry. read here

BORDER PATROL AGENTS RESCUE LOST MEXICAN NATIONAL AFTER 911 CALL

Carrizo Springs, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Carrizo Springs Station located and rescued a Mexican immigrant suffering from a heat-related illness following a call for assistance, Aug. 23.

“Our agents stand ready to answer any call to provide lifesaving care to those who need help,” said Del Rio Sector Chief Patrol Agent Raul L. Ortiz. “This event is bittersweet as one person was saved, but unfortunately, one person succumbed to their injuries before being found in the tremendous heat and unforgiving terrain.” read here

CBP, CBIG PARTNERS APPREHEND 7 ALIENS LEFT AT MONA ISLAND

AGUADILLA, Puerto Rico – U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Border Patrol and Air and Marine Operations (AMO) agents, along with partners under the Caribbean Border Interagency Group (CBIG) apprehended seven aliens Tuesday from the Dominican Republic that landed in Playa Mujeres Beach in Mona Island.

Since the announced watch of Tropical Storm Dorian, CBP components and partners have apprehended 72 aliens from the Dominican Republic, and seized 42 pounds of cocaine.

“This is a clear example how human smuggling organizations have complete disregard for the safety of the people they transport and assume that law enforcement is not vigilant.  They placed these individuals in the direct path of this tropical storm making them believe they made it to the main island of the archipelago of Puerto Rico,” indicated Xavier Morales, Chief Patrol Agent of the Ramey Sector. read here

CBP OFFICERS SEIZE FIREARMS AND AMMUNITION WHILE CONDUCTING OUTBOUND INSPECTIONS AT THE GATEWAY TO THE AMERICAS INTERNATIONAL BRIDGE

LAREDO, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers assigned to work outbound inspection operations at the Gateway to the Americas International Bridge stopped an illegal exportation of assorted firearms, firearm accessories and ammunition in one enforcement action.

“This type of incident highlights the dangers our CBP officers could face on any given day,” said Port Director Albert Flores, Laredo Port of Entry. “This firearms and ammunition seizure is a direct reflection of our continuing commitment in keeping our community safe.” read here

BORDER PATROL ARRESTS CONVICTED SEXUAL PREDATOR

CALEXICO, Calif. – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the El Centro Sector arrested a previously deported sex offender early Sunday morning.

The incident occurred at approximately 5:50 a.m., when agents arrested a 38-year-old Mexican man suspected of making an illegal entry into the United States near downtown Calexico.  read here

DANGEROUS GANG MEMBER ARRESTED BY BORDER PATROL

CALEXICO, Calif. – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the El Centro Sector arrested a Sureño gang member on Saturday afternoon.

At approximately 2:40 p.m., Border Patrol agents were on patrol when they observed a man illegally enter the United States about 12 miles east of the Calexico Port of Entry.

Agents arrested the man and transported him to the El Centro Station for processing. read here

RAPIST ARRESTED BY BORDER PATROL

TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested a previously deported sex offender Monday after he reentered the country illegally near Nogales.

Tucson Sector agents apprehended the Honduran national Monday afternoon. Records checks revealed 30-year-old Elvin Javier Maldonado-Gomez had been convicted in Gwinnet County, Georgia, for statutory rape in 2013. He served five years in jail before being deported in January 2019. read here

CBP AIR AND MARINE OPERATIONS HELICOPTER CREW FROM BELLINGHAM FINDS MISSING 90 YEAR OLD MAN

BELLINGHAM, Wash. — A helicopter crew from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Air and Marine Operations (AMO) Bellingham Air and Marine Branch (BAMB) located a missing 90-year-old man on Thursday night.

The man was located after AMO received notification of a 90-year-old man with possible cognitive disabilities missing from a home in Ferndale. read here

THREE DECEASED PEOPLE FOUND BY BORDER PATROL AGENTS IN SOUTH TEXAS

EDINBURG, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents discovered the bodies of three deceased people in South Texas.

On Thursday, the McAllen Border Patrol station responded to a report of a deceased person in the Rio Grande near Havana, Texas. The U.S. Coast Guard and La Joya Fire Department assisted in the recovery of the deceased from the water.

On Saturday, a U.S. Coast Guard riverine unit patrolling the Rio Grande near Mission, Texas, informed the McAllen Border Patrol station that they had encountered a deceased person. The Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office along with Mission Fire Department responded and recovered the deceased from the river. read here

OFFICERS WITH CBP FIELD OPERATIONS AT HIDALGO INTERNATIONAL BRIDGE ARREST TWO IMPOSTERS

HIDALGO, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Hidalgo International Bridge arrested two men from Mexico after they attempted to enter the United States utilizing someone else’s entry documents. Officers also apprehended three persons with outstanding arrest warrants.

“Our officers’ great observational skill, the ability to detect anomalies with travelers and vehicles and the use of our technological resources to process all arriving persons allowed these imposters to be intercepted and not permitted to enter the U.S. illegally,” said Port Director Carlos Rodriguez, Port of Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas. read here

U.S. BORDER PATROL AGENTS INTERCEPT A HUMAN SMUGGLING ATTEMPT AT I-35 CHECKPOINT

LAREDO, Texas – Laredo Sector Border Patrol agents intercepted a human smuggling attempt at the immigration checkpoint on Interstate Highway 35 (IH-35) north of Laredo, Texas.

The incident occurred in the early morning of August 26, when agents encountered a blue tractor pulling two additional tractors in the primary inspection lane.  During the immigration inspection, the driver consented for a non-intrusive scan of the tractors.  A non-intrusive scan was performed on the tractors and agents discovered anomalies within the sleeper area of the second tractor being hauled. read here

LAREDO SECTOR BORDER PATROL APPREHENDS 10 IN SMUGGLING ATTEMPT AND RECOVER STOLEN VEHICLE

LAREDO, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested 10 individuals involved in an alien smuggling attempt and recovered a stolen vehicle north of Laredo, Texas.

The incident occurred late in the afternoon of August 25, when an agent assigned to the Laredo North Station attempted a vehicle stop of a silver pickup truck traveling north on the west access road off Interstate Highway 35 (IH-35) near mile marker 30. read here

YUMA SECTOR AGENTS FIND METH DISGUISED AS ICE POPS

YUMA, Ariz. – Blythe Station agents working at the Highway 78 Immigration Checkpoint arrested a lawfully admitted permanent resident and a United States citizen for the transportation of more than nine pounds of methamphetamine over the weekend.

Sunday afternoon, a Border Patrol canine assigned to the primary inspection lane alerted to an odor it was trained to detect emitting from a Toyota Corolla. Agents referred the vehicle to the secondary inspection area, where they searched a cooler containing brightly colored bags disguised as frozen ice pops. They were determined to be methamphetamine with an approximate weight of 9.21 pounds. read here

LABOR DAY WEEKEND TRAVEL ADVISORY

PEMBINA, N.D. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations is reminding travelers planning trips across the border into the United States this holiday weekend to plan ahead and anticipate increased traffic volumes.

Border traffic volumes are expected to significantly increase during the upcoming holiday weekend. All travelers are reminded of a few simple steps they can employ to cross the border more efficiently.read here

U.S. BORDER PATROL, OPERATION STONEGARDEN PARTNERS APPREHEND 65 ALIENS AND SEIZE 42 POUNDS OF COCAINE IN PUERTO RICO

AGUADILLA, Puerto Rico –U.S. Border Patrol agents, along with Operation Stonegarden partners, apprehended 65 aliens and seized 42 pounds (19 kilos) of cocaine, during two separate incidents on Sunday and Monday.  The estimated value of the narcotics is $481,250.

““We continue to work with our local partners to respond to smuggling attempts through our coastal borders. Keeping our communities safe continues to be one of our major priorities and we encourage everyone to assist us in our mission. If you see something suspicious, call us,” indicated Xavier Morales, Chief Patrol Agent of the Ramey Sector. “Although we prepare for inclement weather, the Border Patrol does not close or cease operations.” read here

LUKEVILLE CBP OFFICERS ARREST LOCAL RESIDENT SMUGGLING DRUGS

TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations, officers at Arizona’s Port of Lukeville arrested an Arizona man after seizing 50 pounds of methamphetamine on Thursday.

Officers referred a 37-year-old Lukeville, Arizona man for a secondary inspection of his Chevy truck as he applied to enter the United States from Mexico Thursday morning. read here

CBP OFFICERS SEIZE $592 K OF COCAINE AT PORT OF SAN LUIS

TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations, officers arrested a Mexican national for an alleged attempt to smuggle almost 44 pounds of cocaine through the Port of San Luis Thursday.

Thursday afternoon, officers referred a 32-year-old San Luis, Sonora, Mexico, man for additional inspection of his Dodge van, as he attempted to enter the U.S. through the port. A CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to a scent it was trained to detect coming from the dashboard. Officers removed 18 packages of cocaine from the location. The cocaine weighed nearly 44 pounds, worth more than an estimated value of $592,000. read here

NOGALES CBP OFFICERS ARREST METHAMPHETAMINE SMUGGLER

TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations, officers at the Port of Nogales seized just more than 39 pounds of methamphetamine Thursday.

CBP Officers at the Dennis DeConcini Crossing referred a 36-year-old Nogales, Arizona woman for further inspection of her Oldsmobile SUV when she attempted to enter the U.S. from Mexico early Thursday morning. The search led to the discovery of 35 packages from throughout the vehicle. The packages were identified as more than 39 pounds of meth, with an estimated value of more than $35,000. read here

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