This Week at the Border

This Week at the Border

BORDER PATROL ARRESTS FOUR BRAZILIANS IN MAINE

FARMINGTON, Maine – Border Patrol agents from Rangeley arrested two Brazilian Nationals on Wednesday, September 11. Further investigation led to a local hotel where two additional Brazilians were arrested.

Agents responded to the Farmington area following a report of suspicious activity near the local Wal-Mart. While investigating the report, Border Patrol agents identified two Brazilian men residing in the United States illegally. After a brief interview both men were taken into custody and brought to a local hotel to retrieve their personal property. While retrieving the personal property Border Patrol agents encountered two additional Brazilians residing illegally in the United States. read here

NOGALES CBP OFFICERS ARREST 4 US CITIZENS AND SEIZE $695K IN NARCOTICS

TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations officers at the Port of Nogales arrested four U.S. citizens in failed drug smuggling attempts of heroin and fentanyl over the last several days.

On September 6, CBP officers at the DeConcini Crossing referred a 45-year-old woman for further inspection of her Mazda sedan, as she attempted to enter the United States. A CBP narcotics detection canine alerted officers to an odor it was trained to detect, leading officers to several packages concealed throughout the vehicle.  The packages were identified as more than 60 pounds of heroin with a street value of nearly $685,000. read here

U.S. BORDER PATROL AGENTS PREVENT NARCOTICS SMUGGLING ATTEMPT AND RECOVER STOLEN VEHICLE IN ZAPATA, TEXAS

LAREDO, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Zapata Station prevented a marijuana smuggling attempt and recovered a stolen vehicle in Zapata, Texas.

The incident occurred on September 10, when agents patrolling near Falcon Lake in Zapata, Texas observed several boats making landfall. Agents also witnessed several subjects loading bundles onto a pickup truck.   read here

BORDER PATROL ARRESTS MAN WANTED FOR RAPE, MURDER

TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested a Mexican national with multiple warrants in both Mexico and Oregon for homicide and rape, respectively.

Tucson Sector agents apprehended three men after they illegally crossed the border into the United States through a mountainous area outside Nogales. Records checks revealed one of the men, Juan Francisco Espinosa-Burgos, to be wanted for rape in Oregon City, Oregon. He is also wanted in Mexico for homicide.

All three subjects will be processed for immigration violations. Espinosa-Burgos will be handed over to Mexican law enforcement authorities following his extradition to Oregon for adjudication of his alleged crimes in the U.S. read here

YUMA SECTOR BP SEIZE BULK CASH AND NEARLY $90K IN METH AND 22K FENTANYL TABLETS AT CHECKPOINT

YUMA, Ariz. – U.S. Border Patrol agents working at the Interstate 8 Immigration Checkpoint seized bulk cash and nearly $90K in methamphetamine and approximately 22K fentanyl tablets during two separate events over the weekend.

 

Friday afternoon, Wellton Station agents referred a Mercedes sedan to the secondary inspection area following a Border Patrol canine alert. Agents discovered methamphetamine, marijuana, heroin, drug paraphernalia, and $11,000 in cash inside the vehicle. The driver, a 30-year-old U.S. citizen from Temecula, California, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance. The narcotics, cash, and vehicle were seized. read here

SAN LUIS CBP OFFICERS SEIZE $700K OF FENTANYL

TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations officers arrested a Yuma resident for attempting to smuggle more than 61 pounds of fentanyl through the Port of San Luis September 7.

On Saturday, CBP officers referred a 25-year-old Mexican national for additional questioning as he attempted to enter the U.S. in a Dodge SUV. A CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to an odor it is trained to detect, leading officers to 20 packages of fentanyl in the vehicle’s front fenders. The drugs have a street value of nearly $700,000. read here

CBP ARRESTS U.S. CITIZEN IN POSSESSION OF WEAPONS

BUFFALO, N.Y. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Peace Bridge Port of Entry arrested a 33-year-old male United States citizen from Parma Heights, Ohio who was in possession of illegal firearms.

Yesterday, CBP officers encountered a male who allegedly made a wrong turn onto the Peace Bridge and traversed to the Canadian side of the bridge. Upon reaching the Canadian side the driver turned his vehicle around and returned to the United States. Upon inspection the driver did not possess a passport and was referred to secondary inspection. Upon secondary inspection the driver declared to CBP officers a .45 caliber Glock handgun and no other weapons. A subsequent search of the subject’s vehicle revealed an AR-15 model PA-15 semi-automatic rifle, a 30 round capacity magazine, two 17 round Glock magazines, 799 rounds of 9 mm ammunition, 76 rounds of .223 ammunition, and the .45 caliber Glock handgun. read here

SAN DIEGO SECTOR SEES SUCCESS WITH DECREASE IN ILLEGAL ENTRIES

SAN DIEGO—Customs and Border Protection Acting Commissioner Mark A. Morgan highlighted successes along the southwest border on Monday.  San Diego Sector  (SDC) Chief Patrol Agent Douglas Harrison was pleased to announce local statistics on Thursday.

CBP Commissioner Morgan attributed successes to some of the Administration’s policies that included the agreement signed by U.S. and Mexico officials in June.  Mexico pledged to deploy thousands of troops from its newly formed National Guard, approximately 10,000 to its southern border with Guatemala, and about 15,000 to its northern border with the United States. read here

BORDER PATROL AGENTS ARREST CONVICTED SEX OFFENDER, MS-13 GANG MEMBER

EAGLE PASS, TexasU.S. Border Patrol agents in Eagle Pass arrested a convicted sex offender and a confirmed MS-13 gang member this week.

“Agents are making significant criminal arrests along the border and we’ll seek prosecution of these individuals accordingly,” said Del Rio Sector Chief Patrol Agent Raul L. Ortiz. “U.S. Border Patrol agents remain vigilant and committed to safeguarding our communities.” read here

REPEAT SEX OFFENDER ARRESTED BY BORDER PATROL IN ARIZONA

TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested a previously deported sex offender Monday near Sells.

ucson Sector agents apprehended Adrian Castro-Garcia, a 33-year-old Mexican national illegally present in the country, late Monday evening. Castro-Garcia called 911 after he became lost in the desert after illegally crossing the international border. Agents quickly located him and provided medical attention.

Records checks revealed Castro-Garcia was convicted of sex with a minor in 2013 and again in 2014 by Los Angeles County, California. In both cases he was sentenced to more than 150 days of incarceration.

In both instances, Castro-Garcia was deported after serving time for his conviction. read here

BALTIMORE CBP INTERCEPTS 146 DESTRUCTIVE ASIAN GYPSY MOTH EGG MASSES ON FOUR SHIPS

BALTIMORE – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agriculture specialists intercepted 146 destructive Asian Gypsy Moth egg masses on four ships recently in the port of Baltimore.

Asian Gypsy Moth (AGM) is one of the most destructive insect pests in the world. They are not known to occur in the United States. If they would become established here, they could cause serious, widespread damage to our country’s landscape and natural resources.read here

U.S. BORDER PATROL, OPERATION STONEGARDEN PARTNERS APPREHEND 20 ALIENS AFTER LANDING IN HATILLO, PUERTO RICO

AGUADILLA, Puerto Rico –U.S. Border Patrol agents, along with the Hatillo Municipal Police and the Puerto Rico Police, apprehended 20 aliens Thursday after landing in Hatillo, Puerto Rico, in the northern coast.

“Once again, the community has been alert and reported suspicious activity which triggered our response to this smuggling attempt through our coastal borders. Keeping our communities safe continues to be one of our major priorities and we encourage everyone to assist us in our mission. If you see something suspicious, call us,” stated Xavier Morales, Chief Patrol Agent of the Ramey Sector. read here

BORDER PATROL OPERATIONS YIELD WANTED FUGITIVE AND 22 POUNDS OF METH – VIOLENT GANG MEMBER AND FUGITIVE FROM MARYLAND COURTS CAUGHT AFTER ILLEGALLY ENTERING THE UNITED STATES

SAN ELIZARIO, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol Agents from Ysleta Station have arrested an individual with an extensive criminal history, wanted in the state of Maryland for violent crimes; while, in unrelated activity, agents working at the 62/180 checkpoint also seized 22 pounds of methamphetamine from two subjects.

In the early morning hours of September 11, 2019, Agents from the Ysleta Border Patrol Station were conducting surveillance on the border just south of the small community of San Elizario, Texas. This area is notorious for attempted illegal entries. The Agents observed an individual illegally crossing the international boundary and quickly took him into custody without incident, transporting him to the Ysleta Border Patrol Station for further processing. read here

DEL RIO SECTOR ARRESTS 14 ALIEN SMUGGLERS OVER THE WEEKEND

DEL RIO, Texas – Del Rio Sector agents were busy over the weekend, with 10 smuggling cases that led to the arrest of 14 human smugglers and 26 illegal aliens.

Those cases are in addition to the arrest of two U.S. citizens who attempted to smuggle a Honduran national through the immigration checkpoint on Highway 57, near Eagle Pass, earlier in the week. The smuggled alien was found locked inside of a pickup truck toolbox with no means of escape.

“Many lives have been lost in horrible conditions caused by smugglers locking immigrants in toolboxes, car trunks, and tractor trailers,” said Del Rio Sector Patrol Agent in Charge Raul L. Ortiz. “With temperatures over 100 degrees and no way to escape, this could have ended tragically.”

AGENTS DISCOVER MULTIPLE STASH HOUSES IN THE RIO GRANDE VALLEY

EDINBURG, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents disrupted multiple stash house operations in the Rio Grande Valley.

On Monday afternoon, Rio Grande Valley Sector agents received information regarding a residence in Rio Grande City, Texas, operating as a stash house. Agents requested the assistance from the Starr County Sheriff’s Office and upon arrival, discovered eight illegal aliens inside the home. Agents determined that the subjects to be from the countries of Mexico and Honduras. read here

MULTI-AGENCY RESPONSE FOILS A HUMAN SMUGGLING SCHEME AND THE APPREHENSION OF 10 CHINESE NATIONALS ILLEGALLY PRESENT

MARFA, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents arrest 10 citizens of China illegally present in United States.

Big Bend Sector Deputy Chief Patrol Agent Mathew J Roggow said, “The communities in Big Bend Sector are home to some of the finest people I have come to know.  I am extremely proud of our agents commitment to keeping them safe.  Today was a prime example of the unity of effort that we have with our fellow state and local law enforcement agencies.  These arrest would not have been possible without the assistance of the Marfa Police Department, Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas Game Wardens, and the diligent efforts of the Presidio and Brewster County Sheriff’s Office.” read here

CBP AT LAX SEIZES $560,000 WORTH OF FAKE NBA CHAMPIONSHIP RINGS

LOS ANGELES— U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers assigned to Cargo Operations at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), in coordination with import specialists assigned to the Consumer Products and Mass Merchandising Center of Excellence (CPMM Center), recently seized 28 counterfeit National Basketball Association (NBA) championship rings. If genuine, the seized rings would have had an estimated manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $560,000.

CBP Officers discovered the 28 rings while conducting an enforcement exam on a shipment arriving from China with a final destination in Arizona. The rings were found inside of a wooden box, with the apparent intent to be sold as a collection. read here

BORDER PATROL AGENTS FOIL ALIEN SMUGGLING ATTEMPTS IN THE RIO GRANDE VALLEY

EDINBURG, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents stopped several alien smuggling attempts throughout the Rio Grande Valley.

Early Saturday morning, agents responded to the report of a vehicle near Sullivan City, Texas, that picked up several illegal aliens. As agents arrived, the driver of the vehicle abandoned the vehicle and fled the area. Agents searched the area and arrested six illegal aliens. read here

BORDER PATROL CELEBRATES HIGHWAY SIGN DEDICATION FOR FALLEN AGENT

JAMUL, Calif.-, U. S. Border Patrol, San Diego Sector and its Brown Field Station honored fallen Border Patrol Agent Jarod Dittman and his family by mounting two memorial signs along a dedicated portion of Highway 94 near Jamul on Sept. 9, 2019.

California Assembly Concurrent Resolution No. 154 designates a portion of State Highway 94 as a memorial highway in his name.  This will serve as a reminder of the sacrifices agents and peace officers make on a daily basis.

San Diego Border Patrol Agents joined the Dittman family at the Eastlake Church for prayers, remembrance, and the unveiling of the memorial sign. read here

BORDER PATROL APPREHENDS CONVICTED SEX OFFENDER

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

The incident occurred at around 7 a.m., when agents assigned to the El Centro Station encountered a man suspected of illegally entering the United States approximately 18 miles east 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

MARIJUANA CONTINUES TO FLOW INTO THE RIO GRANDE VALLEY

EDINBURG, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents stopped three significant marijuana loads in the past two days.

On Sunday evening, Border Patrol agents responded to the report of a red Jeep Cherokee loaded with bundles of narcotics near La Rosita, Texas. As agents searched the area, an air asset from Air and Marine Operations responded and located the red Jeep parked at an abandoned residence. Agents surrounded the vehicle and seized several bundles of marijuana from the abandoned vehicle. The marijuana weighed over 490 pounds and is worth an estimated $393K. read here

BORDER NUMBERS FALL FOR THIRD MONTH IN A ROW, BUT REMAIN HIGH

WASHINGTON – U.S. Customs and Border Protection released the agency’s enforcement actions for August 2019 during a press briefing today at the White House. Through the month of August, the total number of people apprehended or found to be inadmissible was 64,006; this is a 22% decline from 82,055 in July and a 56% decline since the May peak of 144,255.

“Under President Trump’s leadership, we’ve been able to utilize a number of tools to help begin to mitigate, but not end, the national security and humanitarian crisis at the southern border,” said Acting CBP Commissioner Mark Morgan. “The continued drop in enforcement actions is encouraging, but make no mistake, we’re still in a crisis and more must be done. Until Congress makes targeted changes to immigration laws, we will continue to see stark challenges.” read here

BORDER PATROL SEIZES OVER 143 POUNDS OF METH

TEMECULA, Calif.—A man was arrested by Border Patrol agents on Sunday afternoon for smuggling over 143 lbs. of meth on Interstate 15 in Temecula.

On Sept. 8th, at approximately 9:15 p.m., Border Patrol agents conducted a vehicle stop on a 2007 Ford F-150 pickup northbound on Interstate 15, near the Border Patrol checkpoint.

During the vehicle stop, one of the agents conducted an exterior search of the Ford F-150 with a Border Patrol K-9, resulting in an alert.  The agents conducted a further search of the vehicle and discovered 33 bundles of methamphetamine stashed inside the wood paneling from the pickup’s stake bed. read here

CBP AIR AND MARINE OPERATIONS RESCUE 12 AFTER SMUGGLING VESSEL TOOK ON WATER

SAN DIEGO –  An Air and Marine Operations boat crew in San Diego rescued 12 people after their boat started to take on water foiling their human smuggling attempt early Monday morning.

On Sept. 9, 2019 at approximately 3:05 a.m., the Joint Harbor Operation’s Center (JHOC) notified Air and Marine Operations (AMO) boat crew that San Diego Lifeguards had reported a vessel taking on water with 12 people on board in the vicinity of the Cabrillo National Monument in Point Loma, Calif. read here

LAW ACADEMY STUDENTS VISIT BORDER PATROL STATION

IMPERIAL, Calif. – Students from the Central Union High School (CUHS) Legal Services and Law Academy program participated in a tour of the El Centro Border Patrol station that also included a tour of the border given by agents assigned to the Public Affairs Office.

The visits took place over three days from September 4-6, where approximately 85 sophomores received an El Centro Sector profile presentation that provided students with an insight on a career in Border Patrol.  The presentation also included videos of how agents operate within the sector’s area of responsibility that consist of 70 miles along the United States and Mexico border.  read here

DOUGLAS CBP OFFICERS SEIZE 280 LBS OF MARIJUANA DURING LABOR DAY WEEKEND

TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations officers at the Raul Hector Castro Port of Entry in Douglas prevented two U.S. citizens and one Mexican national from smuggling 280 pounds of marijuana into the United States during the Labor Day weekend.

Friday afternoon, officers referred a 20-year-old United States citizen for further inspection of his Chevrolet sedan as he attempted to enter the U.S. from Mexico. A CBP narcotics detection canine alerted officers to an odor it was trained to detect, leading officers to multiple packages of marijuana hidden throughout the vehicle. The drugs, weighed nearly 134 pounds, with an estimated value of more than $40,000. read here

CONVICTED SEX OFFENDER APPREHENDED BY U.S. BORDER PATROL AGENTS

DESERT HAVEN, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol Agents working in El Paso Sector arrested a previously-deported felon near an immigration checkpoint within the United States.

On Friday, September 6, 2019, agents assigned to Ysleta Border Patrol Station spotted two vehicles attempting to circumvent the immigration checkpoint located at Highway 62/180. After a brief pursuit, Ysleta Station agents stopped both vehicles in order to perform immigration inspections. Seven subjects from both vehicles attempted to flee and six were eventually taken into custody. read here

CBP TO IMPLEMENT WINTER HOURS AT LANCASTER PORT OF ENTRY SEPT. 15

LANCASTER, Minn. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection will implement the winter seasonal schedule at the Lancaster Port of Entry effective Sept. 15.

The winter hours will be 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., beginning Sept. 15. Travelers wishing to cross into the U.S. when the port is closed may use the Pembina, North Dakota, Port of Entry, which is open 24 hours and located approximately 30 miles west of Lancaster.  read here

CHIEF MOUNTAIN PORT OF ENTRY CLOSES FOR SEASON SEPT 30

CHIEF MOUNTAIN, Mont. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations Area Port of Sweetgrass announces the winter closing of the Chief Mountain Port of Entry. The port will close at 6 p.m. MDT on Sept. 30. The Canada Border Services Agency will also close their Port of Chief Mountain, Alberta, the same date and time. read here

YUMA SECTOR BP SEIZES NEARLY $100L IN METH AT CHECKPOINT

YUMA, Ariz. – U.S. Border Patrol agents seized nearly $100K in methamphetamine after a Mexican national attempted to smuggle the narcotics through the Interstate 8 Immigration Checkpoint Thursday night.

At approximately 8:00 p.m., Wellton Station agents referred a silver Honda Accord to the secondary inspection area following a Border Patrol canine alert. Agents discovered 37 sealed packages of methamphetamine hidden in the gas tank of the vehicle. The narcotics have an approximate weight of nearly 42 pounds and an approximate value of more than $96,000. read here

AGENTS DISCOVER METH HIDDEN IN BATTERY CHARGERS

CAMPO, Calif. —U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested a man at the Pine Valley checkpoint who had crystal meth stashed inside two hollowed out portable battery chargers last week.

On Sept. 5, at approximately 11:15 a.m., a man drove a blue 2003 Honda Accord to the Interstate 8 westbound checkpoint.  Agents referred the man to the secondary inspection area for further investigation.  Once there, a K-9 team alerted to the trunk of the sedan. As agents searched the Honda, they noticed two battery jump starter boxes in the trunk. The K-9 handler involved in the search, noticed his partner alerting primarily to both boxes. read here

NOGALES CBP OFFICERS ARREST THREE DRUG SMUGGLERS AND SEIZE $210K WORTH OF DRUGS

TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations, officers at the Port of Nogales seized nearly 90 pounds of methamphetamine, heroin, and fentanyl from two Mexican nationals and one United States citizen Thursday.

CBP officers at the Mariposa Crossing referred a 41-year-old Mexican man for further inspection when he attempted to enter the U.S. from Mexico on Thursday morning. During the search of his Ford SUV, officers discovered nearly 70 packages concealed in the quarter panels following an alert by a CBP narcotics detection canine to a scent it was trained to detect. The packages were identified as almost 75 pounds of methamphetamine, with an estimated value of more than $67,000. read here

BORDER PATROL CONFIRMS FENTANYL SEIZED DURING A CHECKPOINT STOP

HOULTON, Maine- An unidentified white powder seized by the U.S. Border Patrol during an August 12 checkpoint operation along I-95 tested positive as fentanyl.

Laboratory testing conducted by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) confirmed the white powder to be fentanyl. The fentanyl has an estimated value of $23,000. read here

CBP FIELD OPERATIONS AT HIDALGO INTERNATIONAL BRIDGE ARRESTS REYNOSA MAN WITH $86K IN COCAINE

HIDALGO, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Hidalgo International Bridge arrested a man from Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico after locating 11 pounds (5.02 kg) of cocaine within the SUV he was driving.

“We take pride in discovering narcotics being smuggled across the U.S.-Mexico border,” said Port Director Carlos Rodriguez, Port of Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas. “Whether it’s a pound or a ton of narcotics that our officers seize, these are drugs that won’t make their way into our communities.” read here

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