This Week Along the Border...

This Week Along the Border…

CBP CONTINUES RESCUE OPERATIONS OF BAHAMIAN SURVIVORS OF HURRICANE DORIAN

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MIAMI – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) continued to airlift Hurricane Dorian survivors Thursday from devastated areas in Abaco Island and Grand Bahama Island, Baha,mas while staging response teams in the Carolinas to support potential rescue operations there. read here

BORDER PATROL AND AIR AND MARINE OPERATIONS RESCUE WOMAN IN JOINT EFFORT

CALEXICO, Calif. – Air and Marine Operations (AMO) out of Yuma, Ariz. and U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the El Centro Sector rescued a suspected illegal alien lost in the desert 25 miles east of  the Calexico West Downtown Port of Entry on Thursday evening.

The incident occurred at approximately 6:30 p.m., when AMO agents observed foot sign going north from the International Boundary Fence towards Interstate 8.  AMO agents followed the foot sign and encountered a woman north of Interstate 8 who appeared to be unconscious.  AMO notified Border Patrol agents patrolling near the area. read here

SPOKANE SECTOR BORDER PATROL AGENTS ARREST SMUGGLER, THREE PEOPLE ILLEGALLY PRESENT IN U.S. OVER LABOR DAY WEEKEND

SPOKANE, Wash. – U.S. Border Patrol agents within Spokane Sector were involved in two notable arrests over the Labor Day weekend.

In Oroville, agents observed two individuals walking in a remote area near the border of the United States and Canada. The agents approached the individuals and conducted an investigation. Agents were able to determine that both individuals were citizens of Mexico and had just illegally entered the United States from Canada without proper immigration documents. Simultaneously, Customs and Border Protection officers at the Oroville Port of Entry were alerted to a vehicle attempting to enter the U.S.  It was determined that the vehicle was registered to one of the individuals who was just arrested by the Border Patrol and the driver (a U.S. citizen) intended to pick them up after they illegally crossed into the United States and further aid their illegal entry.  The driver was charged with alien smuggling and the vehicle was seized.  The two Mexican nationals will be held pending removal proceedings. read here

BORDER PATROL STATION HOSTING CITIZENS ACADEMY

TUCSON, Ariz. – The Brian A. Terry Border Patrol Station is taking applications by phone now through September 27 for the Border Patrol Citizens Academy in Bisbee, Arizona.

Open to the public, the academy will be conducted Tuesdays, 5 p.m. to-8:30 p.m., at the Brian A. Terry Border Patrol Station 2136 South Naco Highway, Bisbee, Arizona 85603, in Bisbee, October 15 through November 26, 2019.

Citizens will be asked for their personally identifiable information to include their social security number, driver’s license, and other details by a law enforcement professional when they apply. Those selected to attend will be notified by phone. Twelve seats are available. All applicants must be at least 18 years of age and meet application requirements. read here

SWANTON SECTOR BORDER PATROL AGENTS ARREST 24 ILLEGAL ALIENS DURING CHECKPOINT OPERATION

LEBANON, N.H. – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Swanton Sector arrested a total of 25 people during an immigration checkpoint and related operations in the Lebanon, New Hampshire area from September 3 – September 6, including arresting 24 illegal aliens and one United States citizen wanted on an outstanding warrant of arrest (WOA).  The sector established the immigration checkpoint on Interstate 89 in Lebanon, New Hampshire. read here

BORDER PATROL ARRESTS PREVIOUSLY DEPORTED SEX OFFENDER

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

Tucson Sector agents apprehended Heliodoro Regino-Garcia, a 44-year-old Mexican national, early Wednesday evening during a vehicle stop that resulted in a human smuggling case.

Agents discovered five illegal aliens in a Toyota Yaris with a United States citizen driver. The driver was arrested on human smuggling charges. The illegal aliens, including Regino-Garcia, face federal prosecution for immigration violations. The vehicle was seized. read here

LAREDO SECTOR BORDER PATROL AGENTS ARREST 10 ILLEGAL ALIENS

LAREDO, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Zapata Station intercepted a vehicle transporting illegal aliens on U.S. Highway 83 (US 83).

The incident occurred during the early morning hours of September 5, when agents attempted to stop a maroon pickup truck traveling southbound on US 83.  The driver of the vehicle failed to yield and attempted to evade agents by turning off the vehicle’s headlights while continuing to travel on US 83.   Agents located the vehicle near 2nd Street in Zapata, Texas.  read here

CBP OFFICERS SEIZE 1,700 POUNDS OF DRUGS THIS HOLIDAY WEEKEND

SAN DIEGO – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the ports of entry in the San Diego and Imperial Valley counties over the holiday weekend intercepted 1,700 pounds of drugs, valued over $9.9 million, and captured 22 fugitives.

From Friday, Aug. 30, through Monday, Sept. 2, CBP officers intercepted 1,266 pounds of methamphetamine, 291 pounds of cocaine, 93 pounds of heroin, 34 pounds of fentanyl and 16 pounds of marijuana. read here

YUMA SECTOR BP RESCUES PREGNANT WOMAN, TWO MEN CLAIMING TO BE CHILDREN, AND 10 OTHER ILLEGAL ALIENS

YUMA, Ariz. – U.S. Border Patrol agents working near Yuma, Arizona and Blythe, California rescued 13 illegal aliens, including a pregnant woman and two men falsely claiming to be children, in separate events this week.

At approximately 5:50 p.m. Tuesday, Yuma Station agents discovered footprints along the U.S./Mexico International Boundary before spotting two subjects west of Avenue B near County 24th Street. Agents arrived on scene to find two individuals in the U.S. illegally, a pregnant woman and a man claiming to be a minor. read here

AGENTS ARREST MAN WITH METH AT I-8 CHECKPOINT

CAMPO, Calif. — U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested a man at the Pine Valley checkpoint who had crystal meth hidden inside his car’s gas tank on Tuesday.

At approximately 7:30 p.m., on September 3, a man driving a 2010 Ford Focus approached the Interstate 8 westbound checkpoint.  Agents referred his vehicle to the secondary inspection area for further investigation.  Once there, a K-9 alerted to the backseat area of the sedan. read here

CINCINNATI CBP FINDS CRYSTAL METH IN AIR COMPRESSOR

CINCINNATI—On August 26, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers in Cincinnati intercepted crystal methamphetamines smuggled in an air compressor at a local express consignment facility.

While checking incoming freight from Canada, CBP Narcotic Detector Dog Freddy alerted to a shipment manifested as “air pressure for filling air.” The package contained an air compressor that was destined to a private residence in Australia. CBP officers noted inconsistencies with the density of the shipment during an x-ray exam, and after a physical inspection they found a false wall inside the tank with a foil liner containing white crystals. The crystals tested positive for methamphetamines. read here

CBP OFFICERS SEIZE COCAINE VALUED MORE THAN 287K AT THE WORLD TRADE BRIDGE

LAREDO, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations (OFO) officers at the Laredo Port of Entry recently intercepted a significant narcotic load with an estimated street value of more than $287,000 in one enforcement action.

“Our CBP officers maintain strict vigilance as they continue to process commercial traffic in a timely manner,” said Port Director Albert Flores, Laredo Port of Entry. “The officers’ inspection experience and utilization of non-intrusive imaging system resulted in this significant cocaine seizure.” read here

BROWNSVILLE PORT OF ENTRY CBP ARGICULTURE SPECIALISTS INTERCEPT RARE FIRST IN NATION PEST IN CORN

BROWNSVILLE, Texas – Agriculture Specialists with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Los Indios International Bridge import cargo lot intercepted a rare “First in Nation” pest in a shipment of corn.

“The work performed by CBP agriculture specialists at our Ports of Entry is a key element in safeguarding the agriculture of the nation by preventing the dissemination of pests and animal and plant diseases,” said Port Director Tater Ortiz, Brownsville Port of Entry.  “I commend our CBP agriculture specialists for the interception of this unique, first in nation pest.” read here

BROWNSVILLE CBP OFFICERS SEIZE NARCOTICS VALUED AT MORE THAN 784K IN TWO SEIZURES

BROWNSVILLE, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Brownsville Port of Entry intercepted cocaine and methamphetamine in two separate enforcement actions this past weekend that have a combined estimated street value of $784,576.

“Our officers’ diligence and keen observation skills were important factors in these seizures.  Their thoroughness allowed them to intercept these dangerous drugs and keep them from entering our country,” said Port Director Tater Ortiz, Brownsville Port of Entry.  “I congratulate our officers for the outstanding job they do day in and day out.” read here

BORDER PATROL AGENTS RESCUE 13 FROM RIO GRANDE RIVER

DEL RIO, Texas U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Eagle Pass Station Marine Unit rescued 13 individuals who attempted to cross the Rio Grande River, Sept. 3.

At approximately 10:20 a.m., Border Patrol agents spotted a group of suspected illegal aliens attempting to cross the Rio Grande River near the Eagle Pass Port of Entry. Due to the river’s depth and swift current, responding agents assisted the group, including several small children on board their vessel.

“Del Rio Sector agents continue to remain vigilant and prioritize safety for all people encountered,” said Del Rio Sector Chief Patrol Agent Raul L. Ortiz. “The river can be extremely dangerous for those who attempt to traverse it. Smugglers continue to put other lives in danger for their own financial gain.”

Agents rescued a total of 13, including six children, all Honduran nationals. All 13 were offered medical assistance, however, no injuries were reported. The group was transported to the Eagle Pass South Station and processed per CBP guidelines. read here

CBP OFFICERS AT THE CELEXICO PORTS INTERCEPT TWO NARCOTIC SMUGGLING ATTEMPTS CONCEALED IN STAKE BED AND QUARTER PANELS

CALEXICO, Calif. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Calexico ports of entry intercepted two methamphetamine smuggling attempts and seized 98 packages filled with methamphetamine this past Sunday.

The first seizure occurred on Sept. 1, at about 6:35 a.m., at the East port of entry when a CBP officer encountered a 25-year-old male Mexican citizen driving a white 2010 Ford F-150 stake bed truck.  During the inspection, the officer referred the driver and truck for further inspection. read here

CBP NEW ORLEANS ASSISTS WITH HURRICANE RELIEF EFFORTS

NEW ORLEANS, LA— Agents and officers from throughout the U.S. Customs and Border

Protection’s (CBP) New Orleans Area of Operations mobilized over the weekend and traveled to the East Coast in the wake of Hurricane Dorian, which delivered catastrophic damaging winds and endless flooding conditions to the Bahamas over the weekend.

Office of Field Operations (OFO) officers and U.S. Border Patrol (USBP) agents combined to form a special response team to provide relief on the ground, while Air and Marine Operations (AMO) in Hammond dispatched emergency medical technicians to Florida along with providing resupply missions and a maritime patrol aircraft to the Bahamas. read here

MAJOR MARIJUANA BUST IN THE RIO GRANDE VALLEY

FRONTON, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents seized over 1,200 pounds of marijuana in a single incident.

Late Monday evening, Border Patrol agents assigned to the Special Operations Detachment working near Fronton, Texas, observed several subjects carrying bundles of narcotics across the Rio Grande. As agents approached, the smugglers abandoned the bundles and fled to Mexico. A search of the area resulted in the seizure of over 1,200 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated street value of $979K.

Additionally, over the past three days, agents stopped five marijuana smuggling attempts resulting in the arrest of six narcotic smugglers and the seizure of over 930 pounds of marijuana, worth an estimated $745K. read here

YUMA SECTOR BP PROVIDES AID TO STROKE VICTIM

YUMA, Ariz. – U.S. Border Patrol agents working at the Interstate 8 Immigration Checkpoint provided emergency medical care to a 63-year-old woman who was suffering a stroke Thursday afternoon.

At approximately 2:40 p.m., Wellton Station agents working the checkpoint were advised by a driver that his mother, a passenger in the vehicle, was having a stroke. Agents immediately directed them to the secondary inspection area and requested emergency medical services. read here

CBP OFFICERS AT THE PORT OF CHAMPLAIN SEIZE NARCOTICS, ILLEGAL FIREARM AND A FELONY WARRANT FROM TEXAS

CHAMPLAIN, N.Y. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Port of Champlain were busy over the holiday weekend. In total, CBP officers made seven narcotics seizures involving marijuana, hash, crystal methamphetamine, ecstasy, gamma hydroxybutyrate (GHB), tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) products, and suspected steroids. Officers also made an arrest for an outstanding warrant and seized a firearm. In the commercial environment, CBP officers discovered 22.5 grams of steroids manifested as red lipstick

Over the weekend, CBP officers made seven narcotics seizures in five separate incidents including a 36-year-old U.S. citizen who was found to be in possession of more than 9 grams of marijuana and just over a gram of hash. In another case, officers discovered 23 grams of CBD gummies. In both cases, the subjects and narcotics were turned over to New York State Police. In a separate incident, 35 THC pills were discovered during an inspection of three U.S. citizens traveling together and were subsequently issued a $500 penalties. 

During a primary inspection, a 50-year-old U.S. citizen who had an active warrant in Dallas, Texas was discovered. CBP officers confirmed an active National Crime Information Center (NCIC) warrant for possession of controlled substances and Felony Driving under the Influence (DUI). Additionally, the subject was found to be in possession of more than a gram of crystal methamphetamine, less than a gram of ecstasy and approximately 25 grams of GHB. The subject was turned over to New York State Police and charged with three separate counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance seventh degree and was remanded to the Clinton County jail in order to await extradition. read here

CBP SUPPORTS BAHAMAS RESCUE OPERATIONS AND CONTINUES PREPARATIONS FOR U.S. LANDFALL

MIAMI – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is assisting in Bahamas rescue efforts following the devastation caused by Hurricane Dorian over the weekend, and continuing preparations to respond when Dorian makes landfall in the United States.

CBP is working with the U.S. Agency for International Aid (USAID), a governmental agency that helps coordinate urgently needed disaster assistance in foreign lands, and with the government of the Bahamas. read here

BORDER PATROL AGENTS RESCUE TWO FROM CANAL; SPOT BODY OF DROWNING VICTIM IN SAME AREA

EL PASO, TexasSunday night, Border Patrol Agents used ropes to rescue two Mexican nationals from the American Canal near downtown El Paso. Two others, who also entered the swift-moving water, were apprehended after exiting the canal, and all four were taken into custody for processing and removal from the United States. Meanwhile, the body of a drowning victim was recovered from the same area by the El Paso Fire Department, but was not part of this group.

Just before 10:00 p.m., Border Patrol Agents monitoring security systems observed 11 people illegally crossing the border. Four men were spotted entering the American canal along the U.S./Mexico International Boundary between Sixth Street and the Second Street crossover. read here

BORDER PATROL’S CONTINUED COLLABORATION WITH MEXICAN AUTHORITIES LEADS TO HOMICIDE SUSPECT ARREST

CALEXICO, Calif. – With the assistance of Office of Field Operations (OFO), Procuraduria General de Justicia del Estado (PGJE) and Instituto Nacional de Migracion (INAMI), Border Patrol agents assigned to the El Centro Sector Foreign Operations Branch (FOB) identified and arrested a man who is a homicide suspect wanted by Mexican officials in Mexicali, Baja California early Tuesday morning.

The incident occurred at approximately 1 a.m., when a person of interest had presented himself for admission to the Calexico Downtown West Port of Entry. The man presented a valid B1/B2 Visa at the time of inspection. read here

RIO GRANDE VALLEY BORDER PATROL AGENTS INTERDICT METH SMUGGLING ATTEMPT

FALFURRIAS, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents stopped a methamphetamine shipment at the immigration checkpoint.

On Friday afternoon, agents working at the Falfurrias Immigration Checkpoint referred a Ford Fusion to the secondary inspection area after a Border Patrol K-9 alerted to the vehicle. During the investigation, agents located two containers filled with crystal methamphetamine. The narcotics weighed over 120 pounds and have an estimated value over $3.9M. Agents arrested the driver and turned the case over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Across the Southwest Border, Border Patrol has experienced an increase in the amount of methamphetamine, heroin and cocaine seized between the ports of entry when compared to last fiscal year. read here

LUKEVILLE CBP OFFICERS ARREST METH SMUGGLER

TUCSON, Ariz. – A 24-year-old woman was arrested by U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations officers at Arizona’s Port of Lukeville Monday, for attempting to smuggle 53 pounds of methamphetamine into the U.S. from Mexico.

Officers referred the Caborca, Sonora resident for a secondary inspection of her Nissan sedan as she applied to enter the United States Monday night. A CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to an odor it is trained to detect, leading officers to several packages of methamphetamine in the vehicle’s rocker panels. The drugs have a street value of nearly $48,000.  read here

YUMA SECTOR BP RECOVERS STOLEN VEHICLE AND SMUGGLED DRUGS AT CHECKPOINT

YUMA, Ariz. – U.S. Border Patrol agents working the Interstate 8 Immigration Checkpoint recovered a stolen vehicle, and seized methamphetamine in two separate incidents Tuesday morning.

In the first event at approximately 5:15 a.m., Wellton Station agents working the checkpoint referred a black 2008 Nissan Altima to the secondary inspection area, where record checks on the vehicle revealed it was stolen from Tucson. Marijuana and drug paraphernalia were found inside the vehicle. The driver and passenger, both U.S. citizens from El Paso, Texas, were placed under arrest. The drugs and vehicle were seized. read here

DEL RIO BORDER PATROL AGENTS TRAIN IN NASA FACILITY

DEL RIO, Texas Four members of the Del Rio Sector Border Patrol Special Operations Detachment Dive Team traveled to Houston to train at NASA’s National Buoyancy Laboratory, Aug. 20.

Del Rio Sector BORSTAR (Border Patrol Search Trauma and Rescue) agents visited the NASA National Buoyancy Laboratory in Houston for a three-day training session, where they worked with U.S. and Russian astronauts to set up and participate in dive training scenarios. In addition, agents took advantage of the advanced features of the facility’s dive tank to hone their skills used to serve the community, such as underwater recovery operations. read here

DEL RIO SECTOR BORDER PATROL AGENTS ARREST TWO IN FAILED HUMAN SMUGGLING ATTEMPT

CARRIZO SPRINGS, Texas U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Carrizo Springs Station arrested a United States citizen and a legally admitted permanent resident for attempting to smuggle two illegal aliens in the trunk of their vehicle Aug. 29.

“High temperatures and other dangers including carbon monoxide poisoning can cause serious injuries to people riding in the trunk of a car,” said Del Rio Sector Chief Patrol Agent Raul L. Ortiz. “This case is just another example of the hazardous conditions human smugglers force upon illegal aliens.”

Border Patrol agents assigned to the Highway 277 checkpoint discovered two illegal aliens concealed in the trunk of a 2003 BMW during an immigration inspection. The driver, Brendon Taylor Bobbitt, 27, and passenger, Jessica Llanos Garcia, 36, were both arrested for alien smuggling. read here

CBP OFFICERS SEIZE OVER $200,000 IN UNREPORTED CURRENCY AT FALCON DAM PORT OF ENTRY

ROMA, TEXASU.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations officers at the Falcon Dam Port of Entry recently seized over $200,000 in unreported currency hidden within a passenger vehicle during an outbound examination, Aug. 31.

“Our frontline CBP officers continue to maintain resolute vigilance in both the inbound and outbound environments and their attention to detail helped to detect a significant load of unreported currency,” said Port Director Andres Guerra, Roma/Falcon Dam Port of Entry. “Large outbound currency seizures like this deny the ability of transnational criminal organizations to profit from alleged illicit activity, impacting them directly.” read here

CBP OFFICERS AT HIDALGO INTERNATIONAL BRIDGE DETECT TRAVELERS WITH FAKE ENTRY DOCUMENTS

HIDALGO, Texas – Over the weekend, officers with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Hidalgo International Bridge detected three individuals from Mexico attempting to enter the United States illegally using fraudulent entry documents.

“Our officers’ keen sense of awareness and their attention to detail enabled them to identify these fake documents and keep these individuals from entering the U.S. illegally,” said Port Director Carlos Rodriguez, Port of Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas. “People must realize that CBP takes these types of violations very seriously and violators will be prosecuted.”

CBP Officers assigned to the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge on Sept. 1, encountered three adult male Mexican citizens arriving from Mexico through the pedestrian lanes, attempting to enter the United States. The three travelers, identified as 29- and 37-year-old siblings and a 20-year-old, all attempted to enter the U.S. illegally by presenting fraudulent entry documents. read here

CBP APPREHENDS KIDNAPPING SUSPECT TRAVELING WITH CHILDREN

PRESIDIO, Texas – Three preschool age children from the Rio Grande Valley are safe after CBP officers at the Presidio port of entry apprehended the person being sought in their kidnapping.

 

CBP officers took custody of 21-year-old Destiny Renee Tinoco, also known as Destiny Galvan, at the Presidio port Thursday night. She entered the U.S. from Mexico as a passenger in a vehicle. She was traveling with her three children, a four-year-old girl and two one-year-old boys. read here

CBP BRACING FOR HURRICANE DORIAN AND MAKING FINAL PREPARATIONS IN FLORIDA AND ACROSS SOUTHEAST

MIAMI—As an extremely dangerous Hurricane Dorian bears down on the Bahamas, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) staged highly-trained teams of aircrews and personnel in Florida and across the entire Southeast to launch rescue teams immediately after Dorian passes.

CBP Air and Marine Operations (AMO) aircraft and crews from Tuscon, Detroit and Puerto Rico are staging at the Miami Air and Marine Branch. AMO has also pre-positioned personnel and assets at several strategic locations across the southeastern United States. read here

CBP AIR AND MARINE BOAT CREW RESCUED 12 THIS LABOR DAY

SAN DIEGO- A San Diego based Air and Marine Operations (AMO) boat crew on patrol rescued 12 people on the water in two separate events within an hour of each other this Labor Day.

The first incident occurred on Monday, at around 1:20 p.m., after an Air and Marine boat crew on patrol spotted a sinking 21-foot vessel within San Diego bay.

When they arrived, they found nine people had abandoned the sinking boat and pulled all the people to the safety of their 41-foot Secure Around Flotation Equipped (SAFE) boat.  read here

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