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Border Blotter: Stories from the Border Crisis – 8/4/22

The border blotter is a daily feature at CDN highlighting the actions of the brave men and women who deal with the border crisis every day. This article will be updated as new stories are reported.

Border Officers Apprehend Man Wanted for Homicide

PRESIDIO, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers at the port here apprehended a man with an outstanding warrant for homicide.

On August 2, CBP officers encountered a 19-year-old male U.S. citizen who arrived from Mexico via vehicle. During primary inspection by CBP officers it was revealed there was an outstanding warrant for homicide (negligent manslaughter-vehicle). The individual was secured and a secondary inspection was conducted utilizing biometric verification which confirmed his identity along with the active warrant for homicide (negligence manslaughter-vehicle) by the Comanche County Sheriff’s Office, Lawton, Oklahoma.

“Working closely with law enforcement agencies and apprehending fugitives from justice is a part of our daily work to keep our borders and communities safe and secure,” said Port Director Jesus Chavez. 

The suspect was arrested by CBP officers and turned over to local authorities pending extradition to the originating agency.

El Paso Area Border Officers Seize 73 Pounds of Hard Narcotics

EL PASO, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at El Paso area ports of entry seized fentanyl, cocaine, and methamphetamine over the last week.

On July 25, CBP officers working at the Paso Del Norte border crossing intercepted 14.77 pounds of cocaine from a 36-year-old female Mexican citizen. A CBP canine alert and a non-intrusive inspection led CBP officers to the discovery of cocaine filled bundles concealed within the vehicle.

On July 26, CBP officers working at the Paso Del Norte border crossing intercepted 16.97 pounds of methamphetamine from a 32-year-old male U.S. citizen. The discovery was made after a CBP canine alerted to a dolly leading CBP officers to locate methamphetamine filled bundles. Later, CBP officers intercepted 0.48 pounds of fentanyl from a 32-year-old male U.S. citizen. The discovery was made after a pat down search was conducted leading CBP officers to discover two bags filled with pills.

On July 27, CBP officers working at the Ysleta border crossing intercepted 0.24 pounds of fentanyl from a 21-year-old female U.S. citizen. The woman arrived via pedestrian bridge and was referred for a secondary inspection. Following a CBP canine alert, the woman admitted to carrying narcotics in her vaginal cavity.

On July 28, CBP officers working at the Bridge of the Americas border crossing intercepted 1.06 pounds of methamphetamine from a female U.S. citizen. The discovery was made after a pat down search was conducted revealing packages in the groin area. Later, CBP officers working at the Ysleta border crossing intercepted a mixed load of 9.83 pounds of fentanyl and 12.87 pounds of cocaine from a 19-year-old male U.S. citizen. The discovery was made following a non-intrusive inspection and intensive search of the vehicle. A few minutes later, CBP officers encountered a 22-year-old female attempting to smuggle 6.08 pounds of cocaine concealed within her vehicle.

On July 30, CBP officers working at the Paso Del Norte border crossing intercepted 11.28 pounds of methamphetamine from a 24-year-old female U.S. citizen. The seizure occurred following a CBP canine alert and non-intrusive search of the vehicle.  

“CBP officers are dedicated to protecting our borders and stopping the flow of dangerous narcotics from reaching our communities,” said Director Field Operations Hector A. Mancha. “These seizures are examples of the vigilance and commitment by our CBP officers to the border security mission.”

The subjects arrested by CBP officers were turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations or local authorities for prosecution.

Over 50,000 Lethal Doses of Fentanyl Seized

LOUISVILLE, Ky—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers in Louisville seized a shipment early this morning containing multiple pills of the lethal narcotic fentanyl, enough to kill 50,200 people.

Fentanyl
Fentanyl, an extremely toxic substance to handle in addition to being a dangerous narcotic to use, was found by CBP officers in Louisville earlier this morning.

On August 4, CBP officers detained a shipment arriving from India manifested as medicine. When officers inspected the package, they found five pill bottles. The pills tested positive for fentanyl properties. The shipment was destined for a residence in Brampton, Ontario, Canada. These pills had a street value of at least $15,000.

“This narcotic is not only dangerous to the user, but also very dangerous to our officers,” said LaFonda D. Sutton-Burke, Director, Field Operations-Chicago Field Office. “Our officers take every precaution with every shipment they inspect, and we are very relieved no one was seriously injured during this seizure.”

Fentanyl is an extremely toxic substance to handle in addition to being a dangerous narcotic to use. Officers are extremely careful when confronted with this substance, which again demonstrates the risk CBP officers face performing their daily duties.

“Even though this shipment may seem like a very small amount, remember two milligrams of this stuff is lethal,” said Thomas Mahn, Port Director, Louisville. “This seizure showcases the excellent work our officers do every day. This is a dangerous opioid, and our officers were able to prevent this deadly drug from reaching its destination.”

Fentanyl and its analogues are synthetic opioids that bind to and activate the opioid receptors in the brain creating analgesic and euphoric effects. Compared to other opioid medications, most types of fentanyl are extremely powerful.   

Human Smuggling Attempt Thwarted

DETROIT – Detroit Sector Border Patrol agents arrest three foreign nationals during a smuggling attempt on the St. Clair River near Algonac early Tuesday morning.

Border Patrol agent standing along the St Clair River with shoulder patch showing
Agents thwart human smuggling attempt 

On August 2nd, at approx. 3am, Border Patrol dispatch monitoring the Remote Video Surveillance System observed a vessel on the St. Clair River near Algonac cross the international border near a historically known smuggling route. Dispatch officials immediately notified agents in the area of a possible smuggling incident taking place.

Marysville agents on patrol were able to respond to the area and immediately encountered three people near the location where dispatch had last observed the vessel headed towards the United States.  An agent interviewed the three subjects, whom all admitted to having just crossed the border from Canada in a boat. The three subjects were taken into custody and transported to the Border Patrol station for processing.

During processing it was confirmed that one of the subjects was a 53-year-old male Dominican National, along with a pair of females aged 25 and 26 from Mexico.

“Intercepting this was made possible by technology and the teamwork of our agents and support personal. I am proud of the vigilance and dedication to duty displayed by the men and women of Detroit Sector.” Said Chief Patrol Agent Robert Danley.

Border Patrol Agents Seize $700K of Fentanyl

TEMECULA, Calif. — U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested a man on Wednesday with nearly 50 pounds of fentanyl concealed inside his vehicle.

Fentanyl seized in San Diego
U.S. Border Patrol Agents seized $700K of fentanyl hidden inside the car’s battery.

The incident began on Wednesday at about 11:27 a.m., when agents stopped a blue 2018 Volkswagen Jetta on Interstate 15 just north of the Murrieta Border Patrol Checkpoint. Agents at the vehicle stop requested assistance from a Border Patrol K-9 unit. The agency K-9 conducted a sniff of the vehicle and alerted to the presence of narcotics.

Upon searching the vehicle, agents located 10 packages hidden inside the spare tire. An additional three packages were found within a compartment inside the vehicle’s battery. Seven of the 13 packages were found to contain fentanyl pills. The remaining packages contained fentanyl powder. The combined weight of the seizure was 49.6 pounds. The estimated street value of the seizure is $704,000.

The driver and the narcotics were turned over to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Southwest Investigative Bureau (SIB) for investigation and prosecution.  U.S. Border Patrol seized the vehicle.

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