This Week at the Border

This Week at the Border

BORDER PATROL AGENT APPREHEND GROUP OF 51

“Del RIO, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Carrizo Springs Station apprehended a group of 51 illegal aliens, Oct. 25.

‘I commend our agents for their hard work in successfully apprehending this group,’ said Del Rio Sector Chief Patrol Agent Raul L. Ortiz. ‘Groups are continuing to cross illegally, and attempting to ellude authorities.’

Agents from the Carrizo Springs Station were performing line watch operations when they discovered discrepancies on a trail leading away from the Rio Grande River. Agents in the area began following the trail, and with the assistance of a CBP Air and Marine Operations helicopter, apprehended a group of 51 individuals, all citizens of Mexico, including seven juveniles over the age of 15, after they illegally entered the United States.” read here

MARITIME EVENTS ESCALATE FOR USBP, AMO & PARTNERS

“SAN DIEGOWorking with Department of Homeland Security (DHS) partners, San Diego Sector Border Patrol and Air and Marine Operations agents arrested 30 people during three maritime smuggling events within a 24 hour period this week.

The first event began at approximately 2 p.m., on Thursday afternoon, when a U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) cutter encountered a 19-foot pleasure-craft vessel that was broken down off the coast of San Diego.

When USCG officers boarded the vessel, they became suspicious of an illegal entry into the U.S.  However, assessing the immediate situation, they had to move quickly.  The vessel was taking on water and only four of the 10 passengers were wearing life vests.” read here

ILLICIT CROSS-BORDER TUNNEL DISCOVERED IN NOGALES

“TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Border Patrol agents and Mexican Federal Police discovered an incomplete cross-border tunnel running under the streets of Nogales Thursday.

The 29-foot-long tunnel was found during a routine bi-national tunnel sweep of the drainage system that serves both sides of the border.

The entrance to the tunnel was located in the concrete floor of a drainage system. A pile of dirt concealed the tunnel entrance, which was covered by several sheets of plywood. Beneath the plywood, a cement cutout plugged the hole. The tunnel was approximately three feet wide and five feet tall at the entrance. Construction tools and electrical wiring were found inside the tunnel, which was still being constructed 10 feet below street level.” read here

DULLES CBP PROTECTS U.S. AGAINST POTENTIAL AGRICULTURE THREATS IN PASSENGER BAGGAGE

“STERLING, Va. – Protecting our nation’s crop, grain and livestock industries is a daunting task and four recent U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) seizures at Washington Dulles International Airport illustrate the potential threats CBP agriculture specialists face every day.

CBP agriculture specialists discovered Khapra beetle cast skins in a sack of cowpeas in traveler baggage from Sudan October 14. The traveler also possessed federal noxious weed seeds. Khapra beetle is a destroyer of stored grains, cereals and seeds, and it presents a potentially damaging economic impact to United States grain and cereal exports if Khapra beetle was to establish in the U.S. It remains the only insect in which CBP takes regulatory action, even when the insect is in a dead state.The cowpeas were incinerated.” read here

BORDER PATROL STOPS DRUG SMUGGLER ON I-8

“PINE VALLEY, Calif.—Border Patrol agents arrested a man in Pine Valley yesterday afternoon who had more than 40 pounds of methamphetamine hidden inside his sport utility vehicle.

On Oct. 24, at approximately 11:30 a.m., Border Patrol agents near the I-8 checkpoint encountered an Acura MDX headed westbound on Interstate 8.

During the encounter, one of the agents did an exterior search of the Acura with a Border Patrol K-9, resulting in an alert.

Agents performed a more thorough search of the vehicle and discovered 38 bundles of methamphetamine hidden inside the natural voids in the vehicle’s rear-quarter panels. ” read here

CBP AT JFK FIND COCAINE IN SUITCASE

“JAMAICA, N.Y. — On October 19, CBP officers intercepted passenger Mr. Deskean Reid, a Guyanese citizen, arriving from Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.  During his examination, CBP officers noticed an anomaly in Mr. Reid’s suitcase.  Mr. Reid was escorted to a private search room where his suitcase was searched revealing a white powder that tested positive for cocaine.

Mr. Reid was arrested for the importation of a controlled substance and was turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).  The total weight of cocaine seized was approximately 5 lbs. with an estimated street value of $85,000.

‘This seizure illustrates CBP’s efforts to refine and enhance the effectiveness of our detention and interdiction capabilities to combat the entry of illegal drugs into the United States,’ said, Troy Miller Director, Field Operations in New York for CBP.” read here

US BORDER PATROL AGENTS DISRUPT HUMAN SMUGGLING SCHEME

“SIERRA BLANCA, Texas– Border Patrol Agents apprehended 13 subjects being smuggled in the sleeper cabin of a tractor-trailer.

‘This smuggling attempt reflects what little regard for life these human smugglers have,’ Big Bend Sector Chief Patrol Agent Matthew Hudak said. ‘Our agents’ vigilance, training, and experience were vital in detecting and apprehending these individuals and prosecuting the smuggler.’” read here

BORDER PATROL’S ATV UNIT APPREHENDS GROUP IN THE CANYON BLUFFS OF THE CHIANTI MOUNTAINS

“PRESIDIO, Texas– U.S. Border Patrol Agents assigned to the Presidio Border Patrol Station apprehended a group 17 illegal aliens in the canyon bluffs of the Chianti Mountains.

‘Even in some of the most rugged and desolate areas of West Texas, you can find our agents carrying out their law enforcement duties and upholding the core values of the United States Border Patrol.’ Big Bend Sector Chief Patrol Agent Matthew Hudak said, ‘Their ability to expertly navigate through such rugged terrain and apprehend these individuals, speaks volumes of the character and dedication of our agents in keeping our communities safe.'” read here

CBP OFFICERS AT LAREDO PORT OF ENTRY APPREHEND HOUSTON MAN WANTED FOR SUPER AGGRAVATED SEXUAL ASSAULT OF A CHILD

“LAREDO, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations officers at the Laredo Port of Entry apprehended a bus passenger wanted on an outstanding felony warrant for super aggravated sexual assault of a child.

‘Our frontline officers continue to steadfastly uphold our border security mission.  The processing and identity verification of a man with an outstanding felony warrant for child molestation helps keep our community safe and illustrates our dedication to our mission,’ said Port Director Albert Flores, Laredo Port of Entry.” read here

JUVENILES APPREHENDED SMUGGLING MARIJUANA IN THE RIO GRANDE VALLEY

“EDINBURG, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents apprehend four juveniles suspected of smuggling marijuana.

Tuesday morning, Rio Grande City agents working near Garceno, Texas, observed a vehicle drive to the Rio Grande riverbank where it was loaded with several bundles of suspected narcotics. Agents quickly responded to the area and successfully deployed a controlled tire deflation device on the vehicle. The driver of the vehicle changed direction and drove towards the river, crashed into a ranch gate and then absconded to Mexico. Agents retrieved 7 bundles of marijuana weighing approximately 380 pounds, worth an approximate value of $304,232.” read here

BORDER PATROL AGENTS ARREST WOMAN SMUGGLING HEROIN INTERNALLY AT AN IMMIGRATION CHECKPOINT

“TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Border Patrol agents working the Interstate 19 Immigration Checkpoint arrested a woman attempting to smuggle heroin internally into the U.S. early Tuesday evening.

On Tuesday, at approximately 5:40 p.m., a Border Patrol canine at the checkpoint alerted to a Volkswagen Jetta with two occupants. During secondary inspection, the passenger, a 20-year-old female from Mexico, was found to be concealing a bundle of heroin in her groin, weighing approximately 295 grams.

The woman, legally present in the United States, was arrested and faces prosecution for narcotics smuggling.” read here

PHOENIX WOMAN ARRESTED FOR SMUGGLING MIGRANTS NEAR GILA BEND

“TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Border Patrol agents working the State Route 85 Immigration Checkpoint arrested a Phoenix woman for smuggling two illegal aliens in her vehicle Friday evening.

At approximately 6 p.m., a Border Patrol canine at the immigration checkpoint alerted to a Nissan Altima with a 33-year-old female driver and juvenile passenger, both U.S. citizens. During a subsequent search, agents discovered a 25-year-old Mexican man and a 22-year-old Guatemalan woman hidden in the vehicle’s trunk. Agents determined both individuals were illegally present in the country.” read here

YUMA SECTOR SEIZES MORE THAN $113K IN METH AT CHECKPOINT

“YUMA, Ariz. – U.S. Border Patrol agents working at the Interstate 8 Immigration Checkpoint seized more than $113K in meth during an attempted smuggling event Saturday morning.

At approximately 8:10 A.M. on Saturday, Wellton Station agents working the checkpoint referred a black 2005 Mazda 3 to the secondary inspection area following a Border Patrol canine alert. Agents discovered numerous packages of methamphetamine hidden in the rocker panels and gas tank of the vehicle. The narcotics had an approximate weight of 49.33 pounds and an estimated street value of $113,459.” read here

CBP SEIZES 1,072 FAKE LEAD BATTERIES IN SAN JUAN

“SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Officers seized 1,072 rechargeable deep cycle lead batteries found to be counterfeit at the Port of San Juan.

The batteries displayed ‘Reverse RU,’ a protected trademark. The total estimated manufacturer suggested retail price (MSRP) of the seized batteries, had they been genuine, is $208,068.

‘Consumers purchase products based on the quality attributed to a particular brand,’ indicated Leida Colon, Assistant Director of Field Operations for Trade. ‘Counterfeiters piggyback on a brand to sell an inferior quality product or that which does not meet the industry safety standards.'” read here

BORDER PATROL AGENT’S PUBLIC SAFETY CHECK TURNS INTO HEROIN BUST

“SAN CLEMENTE, Calif.—A man driving erratically on Interstate 5 was arrested by Border Patrol agents when they discovered narcotics inside his vehicle this morning.

On Oct. 22, at approximately 3 a.m., Border Patrol agents patrolling I-5 observed a 1997 Chevrolet pickup truck weaving in and out of lanes on Interstate 5 near Camino de Estrella.  When the truck exited the freeway, agents followed the driver to a nearby gas station to conduct a safety check.” read here

BORDER PATROL AGENTS RESCUE 3 MEN IN DISTRESS NEAR OCOTILLO

“EL CENTRO, Calif. U.S. Border Patrol agents from El Centro Sector rescued three men that were in distress in the Jacumba Mountain Wilderness area south of Ocotillo Sunday morning.

At around 5:35 a.m., agents received information from El Centro Sectors Radio Communications that three individuals were in need of assistance from possible dehydration.  Agents were able to speak to one of the individuals via cell phone and determined that they were in an area south of Ocotillo.  This location is a mountainous region not easily accessible by vehicle.” read here

BORDER PATROL FINDS 83 YEAR OLD MAN IN YUHA DESERT

“EL CENTRO, Calif. U.S. Border Patrol agents from El Centro Sector rescued a man that was in lost and distress in the Yuha Desert south of Plaster City Friday afternoon.

At around 3:55 p.m., agents assigned to the El Centro Station encountered a man suspected of illegally entering the United States approximately 13 miles west of the Calexico West Downtown Port of Entry.  Agents took the man into custody and transported him to the El Centro Station for immigration and criminal history screening.” read here

CBP JACKSON OFFICERS SEIZE $4K IN COUNTERFEIT NIKE SHOES

“JACKSON, MS—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Officers at the Port of Vicksburg/Jackson recently seized more than $4K worth of counterfeit Nike Air Max, Nike Air Jordan’s, and Balenciaga shoes from Hong Kong.

CBP Officers discovered the shoes at an express consignment facility in four separate packages.” read here

BORDER PATROL APPREHENDS TWO MEN CHARGED WITH SEX CRIMES OVER THE WEEKEND

“CALEXICO, Calif. U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the El Centro Sector arrested two previously deported sex offenders over the weekend.

The first incident occurred on Fri., at around 6 p.m., when agents assigned to the El Centro Station encountered a man suspected of illegally entering the United States approximately three 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

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