CPB FIELD OPERATIONS AT HIDALGO INTERNATIONAL BRIDGE SEIZES $1.4 MILLION IN MIXED NARCOTICS
“HIDALGO, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Hidalgo and Anzalduas International Bridges arrested two women in connection with failed, unrelated drug smuggling attempts of hard narcotics worth $1,413,000
“These were two great interceptions of hard narcotics that our officers were able to detect and keep from entering our country and possibly causing harm to members of our community,” said Port Director Carlos Rodriguez, Port of Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas.” read here
BIG BEND SECTOR BORDER PATROL AGENTS STAY BUSY DURING THE LAST WEEKEND OF SEPTEMBER
“MARFA, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Big Bend Sector had an eventful weekend throughout West Texas with the apprehension of multiple subjects and the seizure of marijuana.
“As a Border Patrol agent, every day presents different tasks and challenges. Thankfully, we have some of the best Border Patrol Agents assigned to Big Bend Sector,” Big Bend Sector Chief Patrol Agent Matthew J. Hudak said. “This past weekend is just another example of how our agents, along with our federal, state, and local partners work diligently to keep our communities safe.”
On September 28, Presidio Border Patrol Agents conducting routine traffic operations seized approximately 275 pounds of marijuana and a vehicle after the driver failed to yield to agents. The driver initially absconded but was arrested a short time later. The Drug Enforcement Administration accepted the case for prosecution.” read here
BORDER PATROL AGENTS SEIZE OVER 300 POUNDS OF MARIJUANA
“VAN HORN, Texas – Border Patrol agents seized over 300 pounds of marijuana after following the foot sign of suspected illegal immigrants.
“This is another example of the diligence and dedication displayed by the agents of Big Bend Sector as they work to protect our communities from the flow of illegal drugs entering the country,” said Big Bend Sector Chief Matthew J. Hudak. “I am proud of the work our agents do every day.”
On September 26, 2019, Border Patrol agents assigned to the Van Horn Station apprehended six subjects and seized over 300 pounds of marijuana. Air and Marine Operations agents conducted aerial surveillance, locating the subjects and BPAs, encountered and tracked foot sign in the desert near Lobo, Texas, approximately 20 miles south of Van Horn, Texas.” read here
BORDER PATROL DISRUPT HUMAN SMUGGLING ATTEMPTS IN THE RIO GRANDE VALLEY
“EDINBURG, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents continue to disrupt smuggling attempts throughout the Rio Grande Valley. Smugglers continue to put aliens lives in danger by failing to yield and locking them in Tractor Trailers, treating them as a commodity instead of humans.
Saturday, Rio Grande Valley Sector agents working near La Gloria, Texas, attempted to conduct a vehicle stop on a Toyota Sequoia. As agents activated their emergency lights, the vehicle failed to yield. After a brief pursuit, the vehicle came to a stop and multiple subjects exited the vehicle in an attempt to evade agents. A search of the area led to the discovery of four illegal aliens.
Sunday morning, agents working at the Falfurrias checkpoint referred a tractor trailer for secondary inspection after a K-9 alerted to it. A search of the trailer revealed 13 illegal aliens attempting to conceal themselves amongst the commodity. Agents arrested the driver and the illegal aliens and escorted them to the station for processing. Border Patrol agents determined the smuggled aliens were from the countries of Mexico and El Salvador.” read here
CBP AGRICULTURE SPECIALISTS IN PHARR INTERCEPT RARE PEST, A FIRST IN THE NATION DISCOVERY IN PRODUCE SHIPMENT
“PHARR, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection agriculture specialists at Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry discovered a rare pest, a first in nation discovery, in a shipment of prickly pear pads.
“Our CBP agriculture specialists are to be commended for their tenacity and attention to detail which resulted in the discovery of a first in the nation pest,” said Port Director Carlos Rodriguez, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry. “By intercepting these exotic pests, our agriculture specialists help protect American agriculture and contribute to the nation’s economic security by denying entry to invasive species not known to exist in the U.S.”
CBP FILED OPERATIONS SEIZES OVER $700K WORTH OF COCAINE AT PHARR INTERNATIONAL BRIDGE
“PHARR, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility discovered cocaine worth $740,000 in a commercial truck arriving from Mexico.
“This interception of hard narcotics, just days after a previous detection in another commercial truck demonstrates our officers’ vigilance,” said Port Director Carlos Rodriguez, Port of Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas. “There is no down-time in our line of work.”
AMOC SUPPORT RESULTS IN SUCCESSFUL PROSECUTION OF PRIVATE JET CHARTER OWNER INVOLVED IN MONEY LAUNDERING AND DRUG TRAFFICKING
“TRENTON, N.J. – CBP’s Air and Marine Operations Center (AMOC) located in Riverside, CA, collected evidence which led to the arrest and successful prosecution of a Passaic County, New Jersey man. Khamraj Lall, 52, of Ringwood, New Jersey, was found guilty previously by a federal jury in Trenton of all eight counts of a superseding indictment, including counts charging him with conspiracy to distribute cocaine, money laundering, structuring monetary instruments, and conspiracy to commit money laundering and structuring.
Between 2011 and 2016, AMOC agents and officers from the Intelligence, Law Enforcement, Systems, and Operations Divisions assisted federal investigators in identifying and tracking assets belonging to Lall in an effort to help define his criminal actions.” read here
ONCE AGAIN, SMUGGLERS USE CHILDREN AS A DIVERSION
“PINE VALLEY, Calif. — U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested a woman yesterday at the Interstate 8 checkpoint who had 160 packages of methamphetamine hidden inside her SUV. The woman also had her two minor children in the car, which is a repeat of a smuggling incident that occurred on Tuesday.
The incident began on Wednesday, October 2, at around 6:30 p.m., when a woman driving a silver Nissan Murano approached the checkpoint. A Border Patrol K-9 team performed a sniff of the vehicle, which resulted in an alert. The agent sent the woman to secondary inspection for further examination.” read here
CBP SEIZES ULTRALIGHT AND ARRESTS ILLEGAL ALIEN PILOT
“TUCSON, Ariz. –Agents from Tucson Sector Border Patrol and Tucson Air Branch Air and Marine Operations seized an ultralight aircraft and arrested the Mexican national pilot Sunday night on State Route 82, east of Nogales.
Shortly after 11:00 p.m., AMO personnel operating surveillance equipment detected an unknown aircraft just north of the international border. AMO helicopter crews deployed to search for the ULA, while Border Patrol agents on the ground followed the aircraft’s path.
For nearly an hour, CBP agents tracked and followed the ULA until it made an improvised landing along State Route 82 near Kino Springs. When Border Patrol agents reached the location of the aircraft, it appeared damaged from the landing, and abandoned by its pilot.” read here
PHILADELPHIA CBP SEIZES $162K IN MISLABELED BABY FORMULA FROM GERMANY
“PHILADELPHIA – One priority of U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) trade enforcement mission is consumer protection. CBP seizes all sorts of dangerous products, such as narcotics, counterfeit goods, unregulated prescription medicines, and recently nearly $162,000 in misbranded baby formula.
In July, CBP officers encountered the first shipment, which consisted of 52 separate “orders” of 1,560 individual packages of HiPP brand infant formula from Germany. CBP officers discovered U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) alerts on HiPP brand baby formula for misbranded and mislabeled nutrients and detained the shipment. Officers then located and detained three additional shipments in July and August that were destined to the same address.” read here
BORDER PATROL DISRUPTS 6 SMUGGLING ATTEMPTS OVER WEEKEND
“DEL RIO, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Del Rio Sector were busy over the weekend, stopping six separate smuggling attempts in which 11 smugglers were arrested while attempting to transport a total of 26 illegal aliens into the United States.
“Criminal organizations attempt to smuggle illegal aliens into the United States with little to no regard for the safety of their human cargo,” said Del Rio Sector Chief Patrol Agent Raul L. Ortiz. “Our agents have made it a priority to stop these organizations who put people in harm’s way for profit.”
Agents assigned to the Uvalde Station stopped four of these smuggling cases, the latest of which occurred on Sept. 29, and involved a family unit of three Ecuadorian nationals concealed in the cab of a tractor trailer. The child in that case was four years old. Uvalde agents arrested a total of seven smugglers and 17 illegal aliens.” read here
DELRIO SECTOR ANNOUNCES NEW DEPUTY CHIEF PATROL AGENT
“Del Rio, Texas – Chief Patrol Agent Raul L. Ortiz is pleased to announce the appointment of Doyle Edward Amidon Jr. as Deputy Chief Patrol Agent of the Del Rio Sector. He assumed his duties, Sept 29.
Amidon entered on duty with the U.S. Border Patrol on March 13, 1995, beginning his career at various sectors such as San Diego, El Centro, Yuma, Big Bend, Del Rio, Laredo and Rio Grande Valley. Amidon has had international assignments in Baghdad, Iraq; Kabul, Afghanistan; Mexico City, Mexico; and Cairo, Egypt.” read here
AMO P-3 CREW LOCATES LOST COSTA RICAN FISHING VESSEL
“Three rescued after four days adrift in West Caribbean Sea
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — A P-3 aircrew from Air and Marine Operations is credited with saving three Costa Rican fishermen stranded aboard a disabled fishing vessel drifting in the vast open waters of the Western Caribbean Sea. Sept. 24.
The three fishermen had been adrift for four days, out of food and water and near death when rescued.” read here
CBP FIELD OPERATIONS AT PHARR INTERNATIONAL BRIDGE SEIZES $1.6 MILLION IN COCAINE
PHARR, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility intercepted cocaine in a commercial shipment of fresh carrots worth $1.6 million.
“I commend our officers assigned to the cargo facility for their continued resolve in keeping dangerous drugs from crossing our border,” said Port Director Carlos Rodriguez, Port of Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas. read here
CBP SUPPORTS HUMANITARIAN EFFORTS WITH HUNDREDS OF POUNDS OF CLOTHING AND GENERATORS DESTINED FOR BAHAMAS FOLLOWING HURRICANE DORIAN
“MIAMI— U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers in Miami and Fort Lauderdale worked to organize and transport hundreds of pounds of clothing items and more than a dozen generators for delivery to the Bahamas last week. A far-reaching international network of response organizations continue to support recovery efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian.
Ten pallets of donated clothing items previously seized included a mix of shirts, undergarments, hats, visors and sunglasses.” read here
EL CENTRO SECTOR BORDER PATROL EXPLORERS COMPETE IN SAN DIEGO
“El CENTRO, Calif. – On September 20-22, 2019, El Centro Sector Border Patrol Explorer Post 4108 competed in the 2019 Best in the West competition sponsored by the San Diego Sector Explorer Post.
This three-day event gathered 15 explorer posts from the southwest United States and evaluated each post in 10 different competition events. All explorer posts were tasked with putting teams together to test their skills in scenarios such as building entry, felony vehicle stop, officer down, tactical EMS, tracking operations, and courtroom testimony to name a few.” read here
CHILD ENDANGERED DURING METH SMUGGLING ATTEMPT
“PINE VALLEY, Calif. — U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested a woman at the Interstate 8 checkpoint who had methamphetamine hidden inside her SUV with a child in her car on Tuesday.
At approximately 9 p.m., on Oct. 1, 2019, a woman and her 6-year-old son arrived at the I-8 checkpoint in a 1999 Ford Expedition. Agents referred the driver to secondary inspection for further examination. Once there, a K-9 alerted to the rear door of the SUV.
Searching the vehicle, agents found several plastic-wrapped packages inside the left and right side rear-door panels. Agents also noticed the rear spare tire had abnormalities and discovered packages were inside. At the end of their search, the agents retrieved a total of 65 bundles of crystal meth. The bundles weighed 67.68 pounds and have an estimated street value of $179,352.” read here
DIVERSITY OF ILLEGAL ALIENS HIGHLIGHTED IN RECENT SMUGGLING ATTEMPTS
“Last week’s foiled smuggling attempts in New Mexico yield Chinese, Cubans, Ecuadoreans, and Salvadorans
LAS CRUCES, NM – Several U.S. Border Patrol incidents in New Mexico last week reveal the diversity of people from all over the world who are using the border with Mexico and its related human trafficking pipeline as a gateway to the United States. Often these lawbreakers also include American citizens who are either involved in human smuggling or have extensive criminal records.
On Wednesday, agents assigned to the Lordsburg and Las Cruces Stations foiled two human smuggling attempts. At approximately 5:00 a.m. agents, working near Lordsburg, attempted to stop a Buick Century with Arizona registration. The Buick refused to yield, driving another 10 miles before finally coming to a stop. A preliminary field investigation revealed that the driver was a U.S. citizen with four illegal aliens on board of Mexican nationality. The vehicle, driver and four illegal aliens were turned over to Homeland Security Investigations for further investigation.” read here
BORDER PATROL SEIZES HARD NARCOTICS AT RIO GRANDE VALLEY CHECKPOINTS
“EDINBURG, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents disrupted two separate narcotics smuggling cases resulting in the seizure of methamphetamine during the past week.
On September 26, 2019, U.S. Border Patrol Agents working at the Javier Vega Jr. U.S. Border Patrol Checkpoint seized 142 pounds of methamphetamine worth an estimated $4,500,000.
In a separate incident on September 27, 2019, agents assigned to the Falfurrias Checkpoint referred a commercial passenger bus for secondary inspection. A service K-9 alerted to a suitcase in the luggage compartment. None of the passengers claimed ownership of the suitcase. During a search of the contents, a four bundles of methamphetamine were found. The narcotics weighed nearly 9 pounds worth an estimated $300,000 dollars.” read here
6 ILLEGAL ALIENS, 1 US CITIZEN ARRESTED IN HUMAN SMUGGLING ATTEMPT
“TUCSON, Ariz. – Willcox Border Patrol agents arrested six illegal aliens and a Benson man in connection to a human smuggling event near Willcox, Monday afternoon.
Agents working near the town of Willcox observed vehicles avoiding the Border Patrol immigration checkpoint on State Route 191. Agents conducted a traffic stop and uncovered an attempt to smuggle six illegal aliens. Two people were found underneath plywood and construction equipment in the bed of a pickup truck.
A Chevy Silverado, a loaded handgun, and a loaded shotgun were seized in this incident. All six illegal aliens arrested are being charged with immigration violations and the driver is facing federal felony human smuggling charges.” read here
CBP ARRESTS PHILADELPHIA MAN ON STRONG ARM RAPE CHARGES
“PHILADELPHIA – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a Philadelphia man at Philadelphia International Airport Monday who was wanted by the Philadelphia Police Department on rape charges.
CBP officers detained Edgar Joel Vargas, 21, after Vargas arrived Philadelphia International Airport on a flight from Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Officers confirmed that Vargas was the wanted person and confirmed with Philadelphia Police that the warrant remained active. CBP turned Vargas over to Philadelphia Police officers.” read here
BORDER PATROL USES HAND-HELD TECHNOLOGY IN AUBURN ARREST
“AUBURN, Maine – U.S. Border Patrol agents from Rangeley Station arrested one Mexican National using a mobile-biometric-device for identification. Once the identity of the subject was confirmed, he was processed for removal from the United States.
On September 29, agents responded to the City of Auburn following a request for assistance from the City of Auburn Police Department. The subject had been acting in an elusive manner and provided multiple names and dates of birth to officers in order to evade identification. When Border Patrol agents arrived they were able to determine his correct biographical information after using a mobile-biometric-device that is hand-held and captures fingerprints and photographs.” read here
CBP SEIZES 37 POUNDS OF DIVERSE NARCOTICS INSIDE SEVERAL PARCELS
“AGUADILLA, Puerto Rico – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Officers seized 37 pounds (17 kilos) of various narcotics found inside various parcels that arrived at the Rafael Hernandez International Airport (BQN).
“Smugglers seek very creative ways to conceal narcotics,” stated Roberto Vaquero, Assistant Director of Field Operations for Border Security in Puerto Rico and he US Virgin Islands. “Nonetheless, our officers are steadfast in detecting and seizing these drugs.”
On Sep. 25, CBP Officers selected various courier parcels for intrusive inspection. A CBP canine alerted to two parcels, one manifested as “Health Supplements” with a $100 customs value, and another declared as “clothing” with $1 customs value.” read here
DULLES CBP SEIZES COCAINE CONCEALED IN HAMMOCK POSTS IN HONDURAN COURIER’S SHIPMENT
“STERLING, Va. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers discovered cocaine concealed in parcels that a Honduran courier was delivering to an address in Maryland September 26 at Washington Dulles International Airport.
Roving CBP officers selected the courier and his baggage for a secondary examination. During that inspection, officers noticed discrepancies in four wooden support posts of two hammocks. An x-ray detected anomalies in each of the posts. Officers pried opened one post and discovered numerous small bags of a white powdery substance that field-tested positive for the properties of cocaine.” read here
AGENTS FOIL METH SMUGGLING ATTEMPT
“CAMPO, Calif. — Border Patrol agents arrested two women at the Interstate 8 checkpoint who had crystal methamphetamine hidden inside their car on Saturday.
On Sept. 28 at approximately 12 p.m., a 2008 Saturn Aura approached the I-8 checkpoint. Agents questioned the female driver and her passenger, then referred the vehicle to secondary inspection for further investigation. Once there, a K-9 alerted to the sedan’s rear passenger tire.
Agents searched the Saturn and noticed discrepancies on the undercarriage of the vehicle. Putting the car on a hydraulic lift, they discovered 48 plastic-wrapped bundles of crystal methamphetamine in an aftermarket compartment above the gas tank. The bundles weighed 29.28 pounds and have an estimated street value of $67,344.” read here
BORDER PATROL ARRESTS 2 CONVICTED FELONS
“CAMPO, Calif.—San Diego Sector Border Patrol agents from the El Cajon Station arrested two men in two separate events during the weekend. Both had entered the U.S. illegally and were prior felons.
The first incident occurred on Friday, Sept. 27 at approximately 8:30 p.m., when agents observed three people cross the border illegally. Quickly intercepting the three individuals, agents arrested them and took them to a nearby station. Records checks revealed that one man, a 39-year-old Mexican national, had a criminal history and had been arrested and prosecuted in California for sexual intercourse with a minor in 2006.” read here
CBP ISSUES DETENTION ORDERS AGAINST COMPANIES SUSPECTED OF USING FORCED LABOR
“WASHINGTON — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued five Withhold Release Orders (WROs) covering five different products, imported from five different countries yesterday, September 30. This action was based on information obtained and reviewed by CBP that indicates that the products are produced, in whole or in part, using forced labor.
“A major part of CBP’s mission is facilitating legitimate trade and travel,” said Acting CBP Commissioner Mark Morgan. “CBP’s issuing of these five withhold release orders shows that if we suspect a product is made using forced labor, we’ll take that product off U.S. shelves.”
Under U.S. law, it is illegal to import goods into the U.S that are made wholly or in part by forced labor, which includes convict labor, indentured labor, and forced or indentured child labor. When sufficient information is available, CBP may detain goods believed to have been produced with forced labor by issuing a WRO. Importers have the opportunity to either re-export the detained shipments at any time or to submit information to CBP demonstrating that the goods are not in violation.” read here
DHS ISSUES WAIVER TO EXPEDITE NEW BORDER WALL GATES CONSTRUCTION PROJECT IN RIO GRANDE VALLEY
“WASHINGTON – The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued a waiver, which will ensure expeditious construction of new border wall gates located within Cameron County, Texas. The gate construction project includes the installation of automated border wall gates, associated equipment, and site improvements at current openings in the existing barrier in the U.S. Border Patrol’s (USBP) Rio Grande Valley (RGV) Sector.
The waiver was published in the Federal Register on September 30, 2019. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), in partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), will begin construction as early as September 30, 2019. The contract for this project was awarded to Gideon Contracting, LLC on July 31, 2019.” read here
BORDER PATROL ARRESTS MAN CONVICTED OF ATTEMPTED MURDER AND ANOTHER CONVICTED AS A SEX OFFENDER
“CALEXICO, Calif. – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the El Centro Sector arrested two convicted aggravated felons previously removed from the United States on two separate arrests last week.
The first incident occurred on Friday, Sept 27 at around 5 p.m., when agents assigned to the El Centro Station encountered a man suspected of illegally entering the United States approximately 22 miles west of the Calexico West Downtown Port of Entry. Agents arrested the man and transported him to the El Centro Station for immigration and criminal history screening.” read here
CBP ARRESTS MAN WITH LOADED FIREARM
“ALEXANDRIA BAY, N.Y. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), officers at the Alexandria Bay Port of Entry arrested a 62-year-old man from Stevensville, Michigan who was in possession of a loaded firearm and personal use marijuana.
On September 27, CBP officers encountered a U.S. citizen at the Alexandria Bay Port of Entry who was referred for further secondary questioning to check his story and travel agenda. During this secondary processing, the subject admitted to having a loaded Ruger LCP .38 caliber handgun and some personal use marijuana in the vehicle. A search of the vehicle found the loaded Ruger handgun with 12 additional rounds of ammunition in the magazine and 7.3 grams of marijuana, both in the same bag.
CBP officers arrested the individual then turned him and all evidence over to the New York State Police.” read here
OVER 5,200 FAKE REFRIGERATOR WATER FILTERS FROM CHINA SEIZED BY CBP AT LA/LONG BEACH SEAPORT
“The Water Filters infringed Brita, GE, Frigidaire, PUR and NSF Certification Protected Trademarks
“LOS ANGELES— U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers assigned to the LA/Long Beach Seaport, in coordination with import specialists assigned to the Machinery Center of Excellence and Expertise (Machinery Center), seized 5,202 counterfeit refrigerator water filters. If genuine, the seized filters would have had an estimated manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $224,202.” read here
CONTRACT AWARDS FOR NEW BORDER WALL SYSTEM IN THE RIO GRANDE VALLEY
“WASHINGTON – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), in partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), has awarded three contracts to construct up to approximately 65 miles of new border wall system within U.S. Border Patrol’s (USBP) Rio Grande Valley (RGV) Sector located in Starr, Hidalgo and Cameron Counties in Texas. The border wall system will include an 18-30 foot tall steel bollard wall, all-weather roads, lighting, enforcement cameras, and other related technology to create a complete enforcement zone. Construction is anticipated to begin in early 2020, pending availability of real estate, and will take place in locations where no barriers currently exist.
On September 29, 2019 a contract to construct up to approximately 21 miles of new border wall system located within Starr County, Texas was awarded to Southern Border Constructors for the base contract amount of $120,412,400. The total contract value, including options, is $257,808,800 The project area begins west of Falcon Dam Port of Entry and extends eastward, in five non-contiguous segments, which will connect to other new border wall segments.” read here
$22 MILLION OF COCAINE LOCATED BY CBP AIR AND MARINE OPERATIONS, SEIZED BY INTERNATIONAL PARTNERS
“JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A CBP Air and Marine Operations (AMO) P-3 Orion Long Range Tracker crew assigned to the National Air Security Operations Center-Jacksonville, was conducting maritime patrols southeast of Panama, when they located a 25-foot twin engine go-fast vessel and a debris field of suspected contraband on September 22.
The three visible occupants of the go-fast spotted the AMO aircraft and immediately fled the area. The AMO crew remained within sight of the debris field until a Panamanian law enforcement vessel arrived to secure and recover the floating bales.” read here
BORDER PATROL AGENTS CARE FOR SMUGGLED TODDLER
“HSI Identifies Fraudulent Family Unit
Del RIO, Texas – Border Patrol agents assigned to the Uvalde Station cared for a smuggled toddler over the course of nearly 24 hours after Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents recovered the child from two unrelated individuals identified as a fraudulent family unit, Sept. 23.
“Of all the people that smugglers exploit, children are the most vulnerable,” said Del Rio Sector Chief Patrol Agent Raul L. Ortiz. “Thanks to the cooperative efforts between HSI and Border Patrol, this child was removed from a dangerous situation and properly cared for.” read here