This Week at the Border

This Week at the Border

GUATEMALAN MAN FACES FELONY CHARGES FOLLOWING ARREST BY BORDER PATROL IN MAINE

BANGOR, Maine – U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested a previously deported Guatemalan National in Bangor. The man now faces felony charges for illegal re-entry after deportation under U.S. Code.

On the evening of September 19, Houlton Station Border Patrol agents encountered the Guatemalan man, identified as Mateo Carmelo-Bartolo, in Bangor. The agents determined Carmelo-Bartolo was illegally present in the United States. Carmelo-Bartolo was taken into custody and transported to Houlton, Maine for processing.

Carmelo-Bartolo’s immigration history revealed two previous deportations consisting of one from Laredo, Texas in 2007 and the second from Phoenix, Arizona in 2010. In 2013, the subject again illegally re-entered the United States through an area near Rio Bravo, Texas and admitted this to agents.

 “Re-entry after deportation is a serious violation of our laws,” said Jason Owens, Chief Patrol Agent of the Border Patrol in Maine. “Identifying and removing those who knowingly and repeatedly violate our immigration laws is one of our top priorities.” read here

BORDER PATROL ARREST TWO MEN SMUGGLING METHAMPHETAMINE

SALTON CITY, Calif.El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Highway 86 immigration checkpoint arrest two men attempting to smuggle methamphetamine Thursday morning.

The incident occurred at approximately 2:45 a.m., when a male driver accompanied by a male passenger approached the checkpoint in a white Ford F-250.

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

During a search in secondary inspection, agents discovered 30 sealed packages concealed behind the auxiliary tank located in the bed of the truck. read here

BALTIMORE CBP LEADS MULTI-AGENCY K9 EXAMINATION OF SEAPORT VESSELS AND CONTAINERS

BALTIMORE – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) led a multi-agency canine examination of ships and shipping containers at the Port of Baltimore Wednesday.

Dubbed Operation Port Days, the operation was billed as an opportunity to expose more local police narcotics detector dogs to the complexities of shipboard and shipping container examinations while searching for narcotics and other illicit contraband. Hotel-height container ships, pose unique challenges to canine examinations with tight spaces between container stacks and the myriad of ladders between decks. read here

BORDER PATROL AGENTS APPREHEND MS-13 GANG MEMBER IN EAGLE PASS

Eagle Pass, Texas U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Eagle Pass South Station on Sept. 16, arrested a member of the Mara Salvatrucha, MS-13, criminal gang, who had been previously deported.

“Preventing violent criminals from entering our country illegally is paramount within the U.S. Border Patrol,” said Del Rio Sector Chief Patrol Agent Raul L. Ortiz. “The work by the men and women of the Border Patrol protects not only the local communities, but communities throughout the country.”

Border Patrol agents conducting linewatch operations near Eagle Pass, apprehended a 36-year-old Salvadoran national. Records checks revealed he was deported from the United States in December of 2018. He is a self-admitted member of the notorious MS-13 gang with an extensive criminal history to include abduction and kidnapping, robbery, obstruction of justice and felonious assault.

The man faces prosecution under 8 USC § 1326 – reentry after deportation, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. read here

CBP SPECIALIST AT DFW INTERCEPT PROHIBITED FOOD

DALLAS – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agriculture specialists from the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) found a variety of prohibited plant and animal products in a passenger’s checked baggage.

The passenger was traveling from Vietnam through South Korea. When he arrived at DFW on Sep. 9, CBP agriculture specialists referred him for further inspection. The passenger did not declare any agriculture items; however, during the inspection, CBP agriculture specialists found several prohibited items including three Vietnamese oranges (Cam sanh), rice crackers with dry shredded pork, 2.2 pounds of mooncakes with pork meat, and 3.5 pounds of onion bulbs.

“CBP agriculture specialists are the first line in the effort to prevent prohibited items from entering the United States and harming crops and animals,” said Acting Area Port Director Timothy Johnson. “Passengers are provided multiple opportunities to provide a truthful declaration.  When they fail to do so, they are putting the U.S. agriculture industry at risk.” read here

BORDER PATROL AGENTS ASSIST LOCAL FIRST RESPONDERS WITH MULTIPLE ACCIDENTS

LAREDO, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Laredo Sector assisted local First Responders in two separate accidents that occurred on September 18, in Hebbronville and Cotulla, Texas.

The first accident occurred at approximately 10 a.m., on Texas Highway 359 west of Hebbronville, Texas.  Border Patrol agents assigned to the Hebbronville Border Patrol Station responded to a vehicle rollover accident at the request for assistance from the Jim Hogg County Sheriff’s Office and the Texas Department of Public Safety.  Border Patrol agents assisted with traffic control as Border Patrol Emergency Technicians (EMTs) assisted Emergency Medical Services (EMS) that were attending to an individual injured in the accident.  Furthermore, a Border Patrol EMT aided the EMS on the scene with the transport of an injured individual to a local hospital.

BORDER PATROL AGENTS DISCOVER 53 ILLEGAL ALIENS HIDDEN IN TRAILER

LAREDO, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the checkpoint on Interstate Highway 35 (IH-35) north of Laredo, Texas, uncovered a human smuggling attempt when they discovered 53 illegal aliens inside the trailer.

On September 17, 2019, agents encountered a tractor-trailer with only one visible occupant at the IH-35 checkpoint. During primary inspection, a service canine alerted to the odors of concealed humans and/or narcotics, inside the trailer. The tractor-trailer was referred to secondary, where further inspection revealed 53 individuals from the countries of Mexico, Ecuador, Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, all illegally present in the United States.

At the time of apprehension, the temperature inside the trailer was recorded at 105 degrees Fahrenheit. All of the individuals were evaluated and did not require medical attention.  All subjects including the driver, a United States citizen, were placed under arrest and processed accordingly. The vehicle was seized by the U.S. Border Patrol.

The case is currently under investigation by Homeland Security Investigations. read here

CBP OFFICERS SEIZE $57K WORTH OF METHAMPHETAMINE AT PORT OF SAN LUIS

TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations, officers arrested 2 Phoenix residents for an alleged attempt to smuggle almost 64 pounds of methamphetamine through the Port of San Luis Tuesday.

Officers referred a 22-year-old Phoenix man and his 23-year-old male passenger for additional inspection of a KIA sedan, as they attempted to enter the U.S. through the port on Tuesday evening. A CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to a scent it was trained to detect coming from the vehicle’s gas tank. Officers removed nearly 70 packages of meth from the location. The meth weighed nearly 64 pounds, worth more than an estimated value of $57,000.

Officers seized the drugs and vehicle, while the subjects were arrested and then turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations. read here

CBP FIELD OPERATIONS SEIZES OVER $1 MILLION WORTH OF HEROIN AT PHARR INTERNATIONAL BRIDGE

PHARR, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility seized $1,150,000 worth of heroin and cocaine that officers discovered within a commercial truck arriving from Mexico.

“I commend our officers for discovering these narcotics by utilizing technology and officer experience,” said Port Director Carlos Rodriguez, Port of Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas. “Being able to detect inconsistencies within vehicles or with people is crucial in the performance of our daily duties.” read here

AMO SEIZES $1.1 MILLION INSIDE BOAT NAVIGATING FROM VIEQUES TO ST. THOMAS

ST. THOMAS, Virgin Islands – U.S. Customs and Border Protection Marine Interdiction Agents, seized Tuesday over $1.1 million in undeclared currency found inside a black bag dumped from a vessel traversing from Vieques, Puerto Rico to St. Thomas . Three men were arrested.

“Transnational criminal organizations seek to conceal and move currency from their activities,” stated Johnny Morales, Director, Air and Marine Operations for the Caribbean Air and Marine Branch. “Our agents continue to use advanced aeronautical and maritime capabilities to detect and interdict them throughout our coastal borders.”

In the early morning hours of Sep. 17, Air and Marine Operations (AMO) Marine Interdiction agents (MIAs) in St. Thomas received information about a suspicious boat, departing the vicinity of Vieques.

ANDRADE CBP OFFICERS CATCH HUSBAND AND WIFE WITH KIDS AND 215 POUNDS OF METHAMPHETAMINE IN CAR

WINTERHAVEN, Calif. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Andrade port of entry discovered 215 pounds of methamphetamine Monday hidden in a car with a family of four.

The incident occurred on Sept. 16, at about 4 p.m., when a CBP officer conducting inspections encountered a family – husband, wife, and two minor children – arriving in a 2006 Ford F250. The officer referred the vehicle and occupants aside for a more in-depth examination.

During the intensive inspection, officers utilized the port’s imagining system, revealing anomalies in the spare tire.  CBP officers discovered and removed 83 wrapped packages of methamphetamine hidden inside the spare tire and fuel tank.  The weight of the narcotics was 215 pounds with an estimated street value of $709,500. read here

LAREDO SECTOR BORDER PATROL INITIATES THE YOUTH OF THE MONTH PROGRAM FOR THE 2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR

LAREDO, Texas – Laredo Sector Border Patrol initiated the Youth of the Month Program, for the 2019-2020 school year.  The Youth of the Month ceremony was hosted by United High School on Wednesday, September 18.  Laredo Sector, along with community partners presented the 11 honorees who are all seniors from Laredo area high schools with the prestigious Youth of the Month Award. read here

MIGRATION FLOW DOWN BUT BORDER SECURITY EVENTS ON THE RISE – U.S. BORDER PATROL AGENTS CONTINUE TO DISRUPT CRIMINAL ACTIVITY

EL PASO, Texas – Reduced border crossing numbers aided by efforts of the Mexican government have allowed U.S. Border Patrol Agents from El Paso Sector to reemphasize traditional activities, resulting in drug seizures and criminal apprehensions along the West Texas and New Mexico borders.

On September 12, during routine activities, Border Patrol Agents assigned to the Alamogordo Station Highway 54 Checkpoint discovered three bundles of heroin with an approximate weight of 9 lbs. Both driver and passenger were taken into custody and turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration along with the heroin.

During a separate incident near Ft. Hancock Station, Border Patrols Agents received a citizen report of possible illegal alien activity. Responding Agents encountered a U.S. Citizen who was wanted for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender in Austin. Further records checks revealed an extensive criminal history, including a conviction for Sexual Assault. The subject was turned over to Hudspeth County Sheriff’s Office for extradition. read here

CBP OFFICERS NAB FENTANYL SMUGGLERS AT PORT OF SAN LUIS

TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations, officers arrested a Mexican national as well as a local teen for alleged attempts to smuggle fentanyl through the Port of San Luis Friday.

Friday evening, officers referred a 27-year-old San Luis, Sonora, Mexico, man for additional inspection of his Dodge sedan, 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 area of the vehicle’s transmission. Officers removed several packages of fentanyl from the location. The fentanyl pills weighed nearly 4 pounds, worth more than an estimated value of nearly $40,000. read here

PHILADELPHIA CBP SEIZES MORE COUNTERFEIT ELECTRONIC CIGARETTE PODS

PHILADELPHIA – There have been many recent media reports concerning serious illness and death of users of electronic cigarettes, but that threat may be compounded by the proliferation of counterfeit products being imported to the United States. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is doing its part to protect consumers by identifying and seizing potential counterfeit e-Cigarettes imports before they can reach consumers.

On Friday, Philadelphia CBP officers seized 295 Eonsmoke brand and 300 VGOD brand e-cigarette pods of various flavors that were shipped from Hong Kong to an address in Warrington, Pa. Officers detained the shipment September 3 and worked with CBP’s Consumer Products and Mass Merchandising Centers for Excellence and Expertise, the agency’s trade experts. The trademark holders verified that the products were counterfeits. The e-Cigarettes shipment was appraised at $11,500. read here

AGENTS ARREST 11 IN ALIEN SMUGGLING EVENT

JAMUL, Calif. — A U.S. citizen is currently behind bars after attempting to smuggle 10 foreign nationals into the U.S. early Thursday morning.

On September 12, at approximately 3 a.m., U.S. Border Patrol agents attempted to pull over the male driver of a 2005 Toyota Sequoia on Highway 94 who was believed to be involved in a human smuggling event.  However, the driver failed to yield and instead fled from agents at a high rate of speed.

The man continued his flight on Highway 94 towards Jamul.  Attempting to avoid any danger to other drivers, agents tried various tactics to stop the vehicle, however, the man continued to flee.  As the speeding SUV approached the intersection of Vista Sage Road and Highway 94, the vehicle spun out and came to a stop.  Agents immediately detained the driver and discovered 10 passengers inside. read here

DULLES CBP INTERCEPTS INDIAN NATIONAL WITH ALTERED GERMAN PASSPORT

STERLING, Va., — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers intercepted an Indian national in possession of a fraudulent German passport Monday at Washington Dulles International Airport. The man was refused admission to the United States.

Authorities declined to prosecute the Indian man. Privacy laws prevent CBP from releasing his name because he was not criminally charged.

The 28-year-old Indian national arrived from Accra, Ghana, Monday morning and presented the German passport to a CBP officer during inspection. The CBP officer detected discrepancies in the passport’s biographical page and referred the man to a secondary examination. read here

BORDER PATROLS AGENTS FIND MAN IN NEED

JACUMBA, Calif. — On September 11, Border Patrol agents in San Diego Sector aided a man who was lost in the high desert and in desperate circumstances.

At approximately 6:15 a.m., agents noticed a man walking along the U.S./Mexico International Boundary.  The agents approached the man and, during routine questioning, discovered that the 69-year-old male was a Mexican national.  Transporting him back to the station, agents questioned the man further and realized he had a severe cognitive disorder.

After extensive research, agents were able to locate the man’s family members in Tijuana and learned that the man was suffering from dementia.  He had left his home, wandered across the border, and got lost in the high desert in East County San Diego. read here

EL CENTRO BORDER PATROL HAS SEIZED OVER 6 MILLION DOLLARS WORTH OF METHAMPHETAMINE YEAR TO DATE

SALTON CITY, Calif.El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Highway 86 immigration checkpoint intercept a methamphetamine smuggling attempt on Sunday.

The incident occurred at approximately 11:30 a.m., when a male driver approached the checkpoint in a green 2006 Acura MDX.

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.

During a search in secondary inspection, agents discovered two small packages concealed inside a baby wipes package located in the rear cargo area of the vehicle. read here

SEATTLE CBP PILOTS FIRST FACIAL DEBARKATION ON THE WEST COAST

SEATTLE, Wash. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) piloted the first facial debarkation of cruise ship passengers on the West Coast at Bell Street Cruise Terminal 66 on Saturday. During the processing of Norwegian Cruise Line’s (NCL) C/S Norwegian Joy, passengers were verified against the passenger manifest using a single facial recognition camera utilizing CBP’s Traveler Verification Service (TVS) and operated by NCL. This system expedites processing and frees up CBP officers to conduct other enforcement operations to helping deter and detect threats to our nation.

For the first West Coast pilot, CBP collaborated with NCL to plan and implement the TVS system, facilitating the expeditious travel of over 4,300 passengers. read here

CBP ARRESTS 3 ALBANIANS IN SAN JUAN ATTEMPTING TO REACH NYC

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers arrested three aliens from Albania attempting to board a flight from the Luis Munoz Marin International Airport towards New York on Monday.

On Sep. 16, during pre-boarding inspections authorized by federal law of a flight bound for the John F. Kennedy Airport in New York City, CBP Officers identified three aliens attempting to board with fraudulent travel documents. The travelers presented fraudulent passports from Hungary and Italy.

The travelers were all referred to secondary inspection, where CBP determined the true identity of the passengers; Xhevdet Peposhi, 27;  Fali Peposhi, 35; and Zequir Halilaj, 36;  all citizens of Albania. read here

NOGALES MAN ARRESTED FOR SMUGGLING 31 PEOPLE IN TRACTOR-TRAILER

TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Interstate 19 immigration checkpoint near Amado arrested a truck driver for human smuggling after finding 31 illegal aliens in his tractor-trailer Wednesday night.

After a Border Patrol canine alerted to the vehicle, agents referred a 2008 Freightliner for secondary inspection, where they discovered and arrested 31 Mexican nationals concealed in the cargo trailer, all illegally present in the country. read here

3 US CITIZENS AND 5 ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS ARRESTED IN SEPARATE SMUGGLING ATTEMPTS

TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Border Patrol agents near Whetstone and Why arrested three U.S. citizens for smuggling five illegal aliens in separate incidents Sunday night.

The first incident occurred shortly before 10:30 p.m. Sunday when a Tucson Sector Border Patrol agent inspected a Volkswagen SUV at the immigration checkpoint on state Route 90 near Whetstone. After questioning, the agent determined two of the three passengers were Mexican nationals illegally present in the United States.

At approximately the same time, an agent was conducting a secondary inspection of a Nissan sedan at the immigration checkpoint on state Route 85 south of Why. After questioning, the agent discovered the vehicle’s three passengers were Mexican nationals illegally present in the United States. read here

NOGALES CBP OFFICERS SEIZE $377K IN HARD DRUGS

TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations, officers at the Port of Nogales seized 46 pounds of cocaine and methamphetamine on Thursday.

Officers at the Dennis DeConcini Crossing referred a 26-year-old Tucson man for further inspection of his Dodge sedan as he attempted to enter the U.S. from Mexico on Thursday morning. After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to the presence of a scent it was trained to detect, officers removed 10 packages of cocaine from within the vehicle’s rear quarter panels and rear bumper. The packages weighed more than 26 pounds, worth nearly $360,000. read here

COUNTERFEIT MONEY FOUND BY YUMA BORDER PATROL AGENTS

YUMA, Ariz. – U.S. Border Patrol agents working at the Interstate 8 Immigration Checkpoint seized $500 in counterfeit currency and arrested an illegal alien during an attempted smuggling event Sunday night.

At approximately 11:10 p.m., Wellton station agents referred a black 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt with three occupants to the secondary inspection following a Border Patrol canine alert. The driver and front seat passenger were U.S. citizens from Yuma and Winchester, California. The backseat passenger was identified as a Mexican national unlawfully present in the United States. While searching the vehicle, agents also discovered five counterfeit $100 bills in the front passenger door. read here

DHS PARTNERS INTERDICT SMUGGLERS AT SEA

OCEANSIDE, Calif. — Working with the U.S. Coast Guard and the Joint Harbor Operation Center (JHOC), U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested 13 people Sunday who had entered the U.S. illegally.

On September 15, at approximately 2:15 p.m., JHOC contacted USCG about a suspicious vessel off the coast of Oceanside, Calif.  USCG acted promptly and intercepted the 23-foot Bayliner pleasure craft.  The vessel was towed to Oceanside Harbor.

Suspicious of an illegal alien smuggling event, USBP’s Coastal Border Enforcement Team was contacted and responded.  Agents questioned the 13 passengers on board and determined they were Mexican and Guatemalan nationals illegally present in the U.S. read here

SEX OFFENDER CAUGHT RE-ENTERING U.S. ILLEGALLY

DULZURA, Calif. — U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested five people Saturday night who were involved in a human smuggling event.  Included in the group was a man who had two prior felony arrests and more than 10 years prison time.

At approximately 9:30 p.m., on September 14, Border Patrol agents near Tecate, Calif., observed a suspicious vehicle traveling on State Route 94.  Noticing a Border Patrol agent behind him, the driver of the 2012 Chevrolet Cruze accelerated and attempted to evade the agent’s vehicle.  However, impeded by another vehicle on the two-lane road, the driver was unable to evade the agent.  Using lights and a siren, the agent pulled over the suspicious sedan. read here

BORDER PATROL AGENTS FOIL THREE SMUGGLING ATTEMPTS

del rio, Texas U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to Del Rio Sector have seen an increase in vehicular smuggling attempts as drivers fled from agents at multiple immigration checkpoints in the last week.

“Smugglers have no regard for the lives of the people they are smuggling or the traveling public,” said Del Rio Sector Chief Patrol Agent Raul L. Ortiz. “Together with our state and local partners, these criminals were successfully apprehended and will face prosecution for their actions.”

On Sept. 13, Border Patrol agents assigned to a tactical immigration checkpoint on FM 2523 observed a 2014 Chevrolet Silverado make a U-turn before the primary inspection area and quickly accelerate away. Agents attempted to pull the vehicle over. Closer to town, a DPS trooper successfully deployed a controlled tire deflation device which forced the driver to stop the vehicle. Four individuals bailed-out of the vehicle and were arrested shortly thereafter.

The smuggler, a 38-year-old United States citizen, who has an extensive criminal history, faces a charge of 8 USC § 1324, alien smuggling, which carries a maximum sentence of up to 20 years in prison. read here

CBP IN PUERTO RICO ARRESTS A PREVIOUSLY DEPORTED BRAZILIAN WOMAN ATTEMPTING TO FLY TO NYC

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers found Friday a previously deported Brazilian woman prior to boarding a flight at the Luis Munoz Marin International Airport bound to JFK in New York.

On Sep. 13, during inspections authorized by federal law, Matilde Rocha-De Oliveira claimed to be a citizen of the United States, born in Puerto Rico and presented what appeared to be a counterfeit Puerto Rico Driver’s license to CBP Officers. read here

CBP ARRESTS NAFTA APPLICANT FOR FALSE STATEMENTS

CHAMPLAIN, N.Y. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Port of Champlain arrested a Canadian citizen for providing false information in an attempt to obtain work authorization under NAFTA.

 

On September 11, CBP officers working at the Port of Champlain encountered Sherri Weinstock, a 41 year old Canadian citizen. Weinstock applied for employment authorization as an attorney under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Under NAFTA, Canadians are eligible to seek work authorization at a port of entry for a limited number of professional occupations by presenting a letter from an employer along with other supporting documentation. read here

FALLEN BORDER PATROL AGENT TYLER ROBLEDO HONORED AT CARRIZO SPRINGS MEMORIAL

DEL RIO, Texas –A celebration of life ceremony honoring U.S. Border Patrol Agent Tyler Robledo was held on Sept. 12, in Carrizo Springs, on the fifth anniversary of his death.

“I am happy that the family is here to help us honor Tyler,” said Vanessa McKeon, Patrol Agent in Charge of the Carrizo Springs Station.

Maverick and Dimmitt counties have voted to rename Farm to Market Road 2644, as “Border Patrol Agent Tyler R. Robledo Memorial Highway” pending final Texas Department of Transportation approval.  The two-mile section of FM 2644 where Agent Robledo perished was also adopted through the Adopt-a-Highway program in memory of Agent Robledo.

U.S. BORDER PATROL, LOCAL PARTNERS APPREHEND 14 ALIENS AFTER MAKESHIFT VESSEL CAPSIZES; THREE PERSONS DROWNED

AGUADILLA, Puerto Rico –U.S. Border Patrol, along with local partners, apprehended 14 aliens Sunday after an extensive search stemming from the capsizing of a “yola” type makeshift vessel near Martinica beach in the northwestern coast.  Three suspected migrants drowned and local first responders recovered their bodies on Saturday evening.

“We have witnessed this unfortunate event in other occasions when migrants are smuggled into the island,” stated Xavier Morales, Chief Patrol Agent of the Ramey Sector. “We continue to warn potential migrants about the dangers of making such a treacherous journey through the Mona Passage.” read here

CBP OFFICERS ARREST MAN SMUGGLING FENTANYL

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 nearly three-quarters of a pound of fentanyl on Thursday.

Officers referred a 19-year-old Phoenix man for a further inspection as he applied to enter the United States from Mexico through the Pedestrian area on Thursday afternoon. After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to a scent it is trained to detect, officers searched the subject and removed two packages of drugs that were wrapped around his thighs. The drugs were identified as fentanyl pills, worth almost $8,000. read here

CBP AMO IN TEXAS SUPPORTS HURRICANE DORIAN EFFORTS

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Four aircrews from Air and Marine Operations (AMO), National Air Security Operations Center Corpus Christi (NASOC-CC) provided vital relief flights to the disaster-stricken Bahama Islands in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian.

Between Aug. 29 and Sept. 8, NASOC-CC’s aircrews deployed to Birmingham, Alabama, and Miami, Fla., and stood ready as Hurricane Dorian made its way across the Bahama Islands toward the eastern seaboard of the United States. The crews conducted real-time aerial damage assessments of airports and facilities in the Bahama Islands, which helped prioritize rescue and recovery plans. They also provided airborne radar coverage, helping prevent midair collisions of search and rescue assets and civilian aircraft. 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 nearly 51 pounds of methamphetamine Tuesday.

CBP Officers at the Dennis DeConcini Crossing referred a 43-year-old Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, woman for further inspection of her Honda sedan when she attempted to enter the U.S. from Mexico early Tuesday morning. After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted positively to a scent it was trained to detect, the search led to the discovery of nearly 50 packages from the vehicle’s rocker panels. The packages were identified as almost 51pounds of meth, with an estimated value of more than $45,000. read here

YUMA SECTOR BORDER PATROL BUSTS YUMA RESIDENT SMUGGLING 105 POUNDS OF METH

YUMA, Ariz. – U.S. Border Patrol agents in Dome Valley seized more than $240K worth of smuggled methamphetamine from a local Yuma resident Thursday night.

At approximately 9:40 p.m., Wellton Station agents saw a black 2012 Jeep Wrangler traveling through a common smuggling route. Agents conducted a vehicle stop and a Border Patrol canine alerted to an odor it was trained to detect. Agents searched the vehicle and discovered approximately 105 pounds of methamphetamine worth an estimated $241,500 hidden inside a duffle bag, and in the spare tire. read here

CBP ARRESTS U.S. CITIZENS IN POSSESSION OF STOLEN PROPERTY

BUFFALO, N.Y. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Peace Bridge Port of Entry arrested a 39-year-old female United States citizen and a 31-year-old male United States citizen who were in possession of stolen property.

Over the weekend, CBP officers encountered two individuals who allegedly made a wrong turn onto the Peace Bridge and claimed they did not enter Canada. Upon inspection, the subjects did not have compliant identity documentation and were referred for secondary inspection. A subsequent search of the vehicle revealed 44 pre-paid gift cards, 2 HP Pavilion convertible personal computers, 2 HP laptop computers and 2 Netgear WiFi routers. The two HP Pavilion convertible personal computers were determined to be stolen from a Wal-Mart in North Carolina and an investigation is continuing to determine whether the other items were stolen from the same store. read here

AIR AND MARINE OPERATIONS RESCUES AGENT ATTACKED BY BEES IN THE RIO GRANDE VALLEY

MCALLEN, Texas – On Tuesday, a UH-60 Blackhawk from the McAllen Air Branch of Air and Marine Operations rescued a Border Patrol agent after he was attacked by bees and stung hundreds of times.

The Blackhawk was conducting patrol operations when the crew heard radio traffic about the injured agent and a request for EMT services. The aircrew flew to the location due to ground distance for the EMT and the agent having issues breathing. The Blackhawk flew the injured agent to a local hospital where he was met by ER nurses. read here

 

 

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