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CBP Air and Marine Operations Initiate Joint Effort, Seize Over 700 Kgs. of Cocaine

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.— A CBP Air and Marine Operations (AMO) P-3 crew assigned to the National Air Security Operations Center-Jacksonville, was conducting maritime patrols when they located and tracked a panga-style vessel in the Eastern Pacific on Sunday, Feb. 17. The AMO P-3 crew maintained the initial radar contact of the surface target of interest (STOI), a 35-foot long panga with ...

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Georgia CBP Officers Intercept $19 Million Cocaine Shipment

SAVANNAH, GA. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations (OFO) officers working at the Savannah seaport last November encountered a commercial shipment of pineapples that originated in Cartagena, Colombia.  During a physical inspection, officers discovered 450 packages weighing 1,157 pounds concealed in the produce.  A subsequent field test confirmed that the packages contained cocaine. “This was ...

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CBP Enhances Security in El Paso in Preparation for Wave of Illegal Aliens; Funding for Physical Barriers an Issue

EL PASO, Texas – Due to reports of the increasing numbers of migrants arriving in the Mexican city of Ciudad Juarez across from El Paso, CBP is currently enhancing security efforts in the area. To ensure the ports of entry are not overrun by a large number of people attempting to enter the U.S. illegally, CBP has taken steps to ...

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CBP in San Juan Intercepts Concealed Narcotics inside Parcels Destined for Connecticut and Rhode Island

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers intercepted and seized Monday 5 pounds (2.34 kilograms) of cocaine, 2.2 pounds (1.03 kilogram) of oxycodone and 7 pounds (3.28 kilograms) of endocet, found concealed inside separate courier parcels sent from the Dominican Republic and destined for Connecticut and Rhode Island. On Feb. 11, CBP officers selected for inspection ...

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CBP Officers at Port of Lukeville Seize $60K of Meth

TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Arizona’s Port of Lukeville on Friday arrested a Mexican national Saturday after seizing more than 19 pounds of methamphetamine. Officers referred a 35-year-old Mexican male for a secondary inspection of his Ford truck as he applied to enter the United States from Mexico early Saturday morning. A CBP canine alerted ...

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ICE, DHS partners; Vieques Municipal Police seize 2,378 pounds of cocaine

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), working jointly with the Coast Guard, U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Air and Marine Operations (AMO) and the Vieques Municipal Police seized Thursday 2,378 pounds of cocaine south of the island of Vieques. The cocaine has an estimated street value of $25 million approximately. ...

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CBP Officers Seize Hard Narcotics Worth Over $2.2 Million at the Colombia-Solidarity Bridge

LAREDO, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations (OFO) officers continue their strong enforcement posture as they recently intercepted a significant amount of hard narcotics worth more than $2.2 million at the Colombia-Solidarity Bridge while conducting enforcement operations over the weekend. “I commend the officers for their keen observational skills and interviewing techniques which played ...

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Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Checkpoint seizes $4.8M worth of Meth

FALFURRIAS, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents disrupted three separate methamphetamine smuggling attempts at the Falfurrias Checkpoint in the past few days. On Thursday, checkpoint agents arrested a United States citizen after finding six bundles of methamphetamine concealed inside his vehicle. The drugs weighed more than 55 pounds and is worth an estimated $1.8M. Similarly over the weekend, checkpoint agents ...

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Border Protection Seizes Weapons and Drugs at Texas Port-of-Entry

PRESIDIO, Texas — U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations officers working at the Presidio port of entry on three separate occasions seized 15 pounds cocaine, 45 pounds methamphetamine, and 31 handguns all within a six-day period. The street value of the drugs is $389,000 and the market value of the weapons is $14,675. “Our Nation’s security at ...

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection Enhancing Security in Eagle Pass Ahead of Migrant Mob Arrival

EAGLE PASS, Texas – In anticipation of the roughly 1,800 people arriving as part of a caravan to the Mexican city of Piedras Negras across from Eagle Pass, CBP has enhanced its security efforts in the area. On Thursday Jan. 31, CBP became aware of a caravan of people from Central America traveling towards the border areas of Piedras Negras, ...

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CBP Port Huron Seizes Eight Separate Shipments of Fentanyl Destined to Cities Throughout the U.S.

PORT HURON, Mich – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Field Operations at the Blue Water Bridge seize nearly 600 grams of Fentanyl during special operations. Fentanyl found in shipment at Blue Water BridgeIn the month of January, CBP Officers identified eight separate shipments via Canadian mail trucks that did not match the manifested contents of the packages ...

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officer Involved in Shooting at Border

Tucson, Ariz. – A Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations Officer was involved in a shooting incident on Thursday, February 7, 2019, at approximately 7:00 p.m. The shooting occurred at the Port of Nogales, DeConcini Crossing in Nogales, Arizona. A CBP Officer conducting outbound operations at the port attempted to stop a vehicle before exiting the country.  The ...

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Tecate CBP Officers Find 122 Lbs. of Meth in Metal Casing in Vehicle Tires

SAN DIEGO – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Tecate port of entry discovered 122 pounds of methamphetamine hidden within metal casings in the tires of an SUV. “This interdiction prevented a large amount of methamphetamine from reaching our communities and endangering many lives,” said CBP Tecate Port Director, Rene Ortega. “I am very proud of our officers, ...

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CBP Officers Uncover 395 Pounds of Meth Stashed Inside Artificial Decorative Rocks

CALEXICO, Calif.  — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Calexico East commercial facility arrested a Mexicali man on Friday after discovering 395 pounds of methamphetamine stashed inside the shipment of decorative rocks he was hauling.  “The port’s roving canine team was a major factor in bringing down this narcotic smuggling attempt,” said Area Port Director David Salazar. “Thorough ...

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Laredo Field Office Ports of Entry to Begin Mobile Field Force Training in Preparation for Caravan

LAREDO, Texas — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations (OFO) continues to prepare for the potential arrival of thousands of people migrating in a caravan to the United States through the Southwest border.  The eight ports of entry extending from Brownsville to Del Rio that comprise the Laredo Field Office (LFO) will soon begin Mobile Field ...

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