Border Crisis Blotter: All the Crap Happening at the Border that DC Politicians Pretend Isn’t Happening – 7/29/22
This is a listing of reports from Customs and Border Protection (Border Patrol) about the criminal activity on U.S. southern border. This blotter will continue until the Biden administration either fixes the crisis at the border or shuts this site down.
Five Days, Six Busts Have Calexico CBP Officers Seizing 494 Packages of Meth, Fentanyl and More
CALEXICO, Calif. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers from the Calexico Port of Entry intercepted narcotics worth more than $8 million over the course of five days.
Calexico CBP officers discovered 603 pounds of fentanyl, 187 pounds of methamphetamine and 2.5 grams of marijuana concealed inside travelers’ vehicles and luggage while applying for entry into the United States between July 13 and July 17.
“Fentanyl, a very lethal drug, continues to be on the rise and our officers will relentlessly continue doing everything they can to keep this hard narcotic off our streets,” said David Salazar, CBP Port Director for the Calexico Port of Entry.
The CDC states that more than 150 people die every day from drug overdoses related to synthetic opioids derived from fentanyl. https://www.cdc.gov/stopoverdose/fentanyl/index.html
The deadly narcotics were discovered by CBP officers after noticing tampering of travelers’ vehicles and unusual travel patterns.
- July 17, a total of 72.33 pounds of fentanyl and 186.82 pounds of methamphetamine were discovered by CBP officers utilizing the port’s imaging machine.
- July 16, a total of 66.40 pounds of fentanyl and 2.35 grams of marijuana were discovered by CBP officers after an intensive, physical search of the traveler’s vehicle and luggage.
- July 15, 106.30 pounds of fentanyl were discovered by CBP officers utilizing the port’s imaging machine.
- July 14, 227.92 pounds of fentanyl were discovered by CBP officers after a canine enforcement screening was conducted.
- July 13, 130.19 pounds of fentanyl were discovered by CBP officers after they noticed tampering of the vehicle during an initial cursory inspection.
According to DEA, one kilogram of fentanyl has the potential to kill 500,000 people. https://www.dea.gov/resources/facts-about-fentanyl
“Remaining vigilant for something that looks out of place and keeping a keen eye for unusual travel patterns is what our officers are trained to do,” said Anne Maricich, CBP Acting Director of Field Operations in San Diego.
The total estimated amount of the narcotics found by Calexico CBP officers is $8.25 million.
All travelers were turned over to the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) for further investigation.
The narcotics and vehicles were seized by CBP officers.
El Paso Area CBP Officers seize a combined 78 pounds of hard narcotics
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at El Paso area ports of entry seized a combined 78 pounds of cocaine and methamphetamine on two separate unrelated incidents.
“The drug smuggling threat is consistent, but CBP officers are continually stepping up and stopping these significant drug loads,” said CBP El Paso Port Director Ray Provencio. “Drug interdiction is an important part of our homeland security mission.”
The first seizure occurred on July 20 at the Paso Del Norte border crossing when a CBP officer along with his canine partner conducting primary inspections encountered a 27-year-old male U.S. citizen arriving from Mexico. Following a CBP canine alert, CBP officers discovered 68.21 pounds of methamphetamine concealed within the vehicle.
The second seizure occurred on July 21 at the Bridge of the Americas border crossing when CBP officers conducting pre-primary inspections encountered a 19-year-old male U.S. citizen arriving from Mexico. Upon intensive search by CBP officers and a CBP canine, packages were discovered in the vehicle containing 10 pounds of cocaine.
The subjects arrested by CBP officers were turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations or local authorities for prosecution.
Law enforcement agencies working together close stash house
LAREDO, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents working in tandem with local law enforcement successfully shut down a suspected stash house and caught several undocumented in Laredo, Texas.
The incident occurred of July 24, when agents from Laredo South Station acted on a request for assistance from Texas Department of Public Safety troopers with a suspected stash house on North Seymour Avenue. Over 50 undocumented individuals were taken into custody. Record checks revealed that the migrants apprehended were from Guatemala. All were medically screened before being processed accordingly.
Hebbronville station stops human smuggling attempt
LAREDO, Texas – Laredo Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Hebbronville Station working with Webb County Constable Precinct 3 stopped a human smuggling attempt near Mirando City, Texas.
The incident occurred on July 26, when agents spotted a suspicious box truck traveling on State Highway 359. The driver drove off the highway through a ranch fence near the town. The occupants attempted to flee the abandoned vehicle into the nearby brush. Agents apprehended 13 undocumented individuals. The migrants were from the countries of Guatemala and Mexico.
Border Patrol agents also apprehended a U.S. citizen who was in the vehicle. He was identified as Alfredo Jesus Landeros, who had an active warrant with U.S. Marshal Service. Constables took custody of the driver.
RGV Agents Disrupt Smuggling Attempts
EDINBURG, Texas – Rio Grande Valley Sector (RGV) Border Patrol agents apprehend 24 migrants from two vehicle stops and a stash house.
On July 28, Texas Game Warden officers observed numerous individuals load into a Ford F250 pickup truck near Mission and notified RGV agents. A Texas Department of Public Safety (TXDPS) trooper located the vehicle and attempted to perform a vehicle stop. The vehicle failed to yield and led troopers and agents on a vehicle pursuit. The vehicle came to a stop in Alton, TX, where the driver and several occupants fled into the brush. After a search of the area, 18 migrants from Central America and Mexico were apprehended. TXDPS took custody of the driver to face state charges.
Hours later, RGV agents, with assistance from the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office, apprehended 3 subjects in a human smuggling stash house located in Donna. Agents identified all subjects to be illegally present in the United States. The subjects were citizens of Mexico and El Salvador. No caretaker was identified.
Yesterday evening, Falfurrias Border Patrol agents responded to a request for assistance from the Brooks County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) on a vehicle stop which resulted in a bailout. Agents determined two passengers were unlawfully present in the U.S. BCSO officers seized the vehicle. The migrants who are citizens of Mexico and El Salvador were transported to a Border Patrol facility. The driver was not located.
All subjects will be processed accordingly.
Two K-9 Alerts Lead to 138 Pounds of Methamphetamine Seized
IMPERIAL, Calif. – El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents arrested a United States citizen and two undocumented individuals, in two separate events, accused of smuggling narcotics for further travel into the United States on Thursday.
The first incident occurred at approximately 11 a.m., when a 2018 Nissan Rouge approached the Highway 86 immigration checkpoint. The agent inspecting vehicles in the primary lanes referred the vehicle to secondary inspection.
A Border Patrol K-9 detection team alerted to the vehicle. Agents inspected both the interior and exterior. They discovered multiple vacuumed sealed packages inside the fuel tank, rear quarter panels, three of the four doors and underneath the center console. The contents inside the sealed packages tested positive for methamphetamine.
The driver and passenger of the vehicle were in possession of 108.5 pounds of methamphetamine with an estimated street value of $379, 855. They were placed under arrest and held at the checkpoint to be processed accordingly.
The second incident occurred at approximately 5:10 p.m., while El Centro Sector’s Intelligence Unit (SIU) were conducting anti-smuggling operations on Interstate 8. They performed a vehicle stop on a white 2016 Nissan Versa, just off of California State Route 2 exit. A Bureau of Land Management K-9 detection team assisted in the vehicle stop and alerted to the vehicle.
During a search of the vehicle’s interior, SIU discovered four clear plastic bags containing a crystal-like substance located inside a cardboard box inside the trunk. The contents tested positive for methamphetamine weighing approximately 29.9 pounds with an estimated street value of $53,820.
The driver, a 22-year-old U.S. citizen, was placed under arrest and transported to the Calexico Border Patrol station to be processed accordingly.
All individuals involved will be facing federal charges.
The drivers, occupants, vehicle, and narcotics of both incidents were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
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