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CBP :Drugs and Money and Securing our Homeland

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April 18, 2008
We must remember to recognize our men and women on the front lines here in the US. Every day they are securing our homeland.
CBP is one of the Department of Homeland Security’s largest and most complex components, with a priority mission of keeping terrorists and their weapons out of the U.S. It also has a responsibility for securing and facilitating trade and travel while enforcing hundreds of U.S. regulations, including immigration and drug laws.

Sunday, April 13, 2008
Bank Robber Surrenders to El Paso CBP Officers at the Paso Del Norte Border Crossing ) contacts for this news release El Paso, Texas – A man wanted in connection with the bank robbery of the Greater El Paso Credit Union in El Paso, Texas surrendered to U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Paso Del Norte border crossing late Saturday afternoon.(Full Story)

Monday, April 14, 2008
CBP Seize Undeclared Currency Headed for the Dominican Republic  contacts for this news release Mayaguez, P.R. - Customs and Border Protection seized over $80,000 from a female passenger departing to the Dominican Republic on April 11, 2008 (Full Story)

Monday, April 14, 2008
Border Patrol Seizes Heroin Valued at More Than $1 Million  contacts for this news release Temecula, Calif. — Border Patrol agents arrested the driver of a Ford Expedition for smuggling 12.9 pounds of heroin on Saturday morning after a traffic stop on northbound Interstate 15 in Temecula. A Border Patrol canine alert on the Ford Expedition prompted agents to conduct a search of the vehicle. The agents then found eight packages of brown heroin hidden inside a modified compartment underneath the vehicle’s center console. The estimated value of the heroin is $1,032,600. Full Story

Monday, April 14, 2008
Border Patrol Agents Spoil Narcotic Smuggling Attempt in Texas Seizure Yields Nearly 950 Pounds of Marijuana  contacts for this news release Del Rio, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Del Rio Sector seized more than 900 pounds of marijuana in a remote canyon north of Comstock, Texas, early this morning. Agents assigned to the Comstock station working with a vehicle-mounted forward looking infrared system noticed suspicious activity involving what appeared to be a pair of individuals going into the canyon. Agents on the ground approached the location and discovered several large duffle bags where the two individuals had last been seen. A search of the area for the two individuals led to the discovery of a total of 13 large bags. (Full Story)

Tuesday, April 15, 2008
$1.35 Million in Methamphetamine and Cocaine Intercepted at Ariz. Port of Entry San Luis, Ariz. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the San Luis, Ariz. port of entry stopped two significant narcotics-smuggling attempts involving methamphetamine and cocaine last week, arresting two people and seizing 71 pounds of illicit drugs.

"The interception of both of these narcotic seizures has prevented some very dangerous drugs from ever reaching our streets and affecting so many families," said Port Director William K. Brooks, "This simply goes to show how important the officers' abilities and responsibilities are and why they take their jobs so seriously."

The first narcotics seizure occurred in the early morning hours on April 10, when a CBP officer screening incoming vehicles noticed the anxious demeanor the driver of a 1997 Ford Expedition and became suspicious of his answers during the primary inspection. The officer referred the vehicle and driver to vehicle secondary inspection where a narcotic detector dog alerted to the presence of contraband. The officers discovered a non-factory compartment in the cargo area where both cocaine and methamphetamine were hidden.

The second narcotic seizure occurred in the early morning hours on April 12, when a narcotics detector dog screening vehicles waiting in line alerted to a 1999 Ford Windstar van. The vehicle was referred for inspection, where CBP officers discovered a non-factory compartment concealing packages of methamphetamine. The April 10th incident resulted in the seizure of 29 packages of methamphetamine and seven packages of cocaine, with a combined weight of more than 54 pounds. The April 12th incident resulted in the seizure of 14 packages of methamphetamine, which weighed approximately 27 pounds.

The drivers in each incident, a 19-year-old U.S. citizen and a 41-year old Lawful Permanent Resident were arrested and turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement for further investigation and processing. The combined estimated street value of the methamphetamine and cocaine is approximately $1.35 million. The last interception of a combination of drugs occurred in November 2007, when CBP officers seized 12 pounds of heroin and 26 pounds of cocaine resulting in the arrest of a 23-year-old U.S. citizen.
 
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