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U.S. Border Patrol Weekly Blotter: April 23 – April 29

May 2, 2009
CBP.Gov

Right Side News reports from the Office of Border Patrol:Right Side News reports from the Office of Border Patrol: 
Border Patrol agents seized over 10,471 pounds of marijuana valued at $8,376,184, and 277 pounds of cocaine valued at $8,864,000. Agents arrested 12 criminal aliens and 8 gang members. There were 12 rocking incidents.

Reported on April 23, 2009

Laredo Sector – Border Patrol agents seized 277 pounds of cocaine valued at $8,864,000 near Laredo, Texas. Six unidentified individuals were observed carrying the suspected narcotics bundles. Agents responded to the area and located foot sign indicating the subjects had returned to Mexico. Agents and a Border Patrol canine searched the area and discovered five duffle bags containing ten individually wrapped bundles of cocaine.

Rio Grande Valley Sector – Border Patrol agents seized 4,498 pounds of marijuana valued at $3,598,400, a 1999 Peterbilt tractor-trailer, and arrested a United States Citizen (USC) at the traffic checkpoint near Falfurrias, Texas. The subject presented himself and the tractor-trailer for inspection, and a Border Patrol canine alerted to the trailer. A search of the trailer revealed 360 bundles of marijuana concealed in 16 cardboard bins.

Tucson Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from Mexico near Nogales, Arizona. Records checks revealed subject was previously convicted of first degree felony homicide by vehicle in the State of Georgia and was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment.

Tucson Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from Guatemala near Sierra Vista, Arizona. Records checks revealed the subject was previously convicted of statutory rape in the State of Georgia, and had an active arrest warrant for probation violation.

Yuma Sector – Border Patrol agents rescued an illegal alien from Honduras near Yuma, Arizona. The subject attempted to abscond from agents by jumping into the Colorado River and fell into distress. Agents rescued the subject from the river.

Reported on April 24, 2009

Del Rio Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from Guatemala near Carrizo Springs, Texas. Records checks revealed the subject was previously removed from the United States and had been convicted of aggravated sexual assault of a child in the State of Texas.

El Paso Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from Mexico near Santa Teresa, New Mexico. Records checks revealed the subject was previously removed from the United States and had been convicted of rape in the State of Washington.

Tucson Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested 49 illegal aliens and seized two vehicles in Nogales, Arizona. Five of the subjects were arrested during a vehicle stop, which led to the discovery of 44 additional subjects located in a stash house.

Reported on April 25, 2009

Laredo Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from Honduras near Laredo, Texas. Records checks revealed the subject was previously removed from the United States. During processing, the subject also admitted to being a Mara Salvatrucha 13 gang member.

Rio Grande Valley Sector – Border Patrol agents seized 1,235 pounds of marijuana valued at $988,000, a 1993 Chevrolet Astro van, and recovered a 2005 Ford F-250 after locating the abandoned vehicles near the river in Abram, Texas.

San Diego Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested three illegal aliens from Mexico, two USCs, and seized 109 pounds of marijuana valued at $87,120 and a 2008 Nissan Rogue near Tecate, California. Agents observed three illegal aliens cross the international border carrying suspected bundles of narcotics towards a waiting vehicle. After the three individuals loaded the bundles into the vehicle, they continued north on foot and were subsequently arrested. The vehicle left the area, and agents conducted a vehicle stop. The driver failed to yield, but agents stopped the vehicle by successfully deploying a Controlled Tire Deflation Device.

Reported on April 26, 2009

Del Rio Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from Mexico near Brackettville, Texas. Records checks revealed the subject was previously removed from the United States and had been convicted of aggravated sexual assault of a child in the State of Texas.

Del Rio Sector – Border Patrol agents rescued three individuals who were in distress on Lake Amistad near Del Rio, Texas. Agents pulled one individual to safety after his canoe overturned and rescued two others who were stranded on an island in the lake.

El Centro Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from Mexico near Calexico, California. Records checks revealed the subject was previously removed from the United States. During processing, the subject was identified as an active member of the Border Brothers gang.

El Paso Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from Mexico near Deming, New Mexico. Records checks revealed the subject was previously removed from the United States and had been convicted of attempted murder in the State of New York.

Laredo Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from El Salvador near Laredo, Texas. Records checks revealed the subject was previously deported from the United States. During processing, the subject also admitted to being a Mara Salvatrucha 13 gang member.

Reported on April 27, 2009

Del Rio Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from El Salvador near Eagle Pass, Texas. Records checks revealed the subject was previously removed from the United States. During processing, the subject admitted to being a Mara Salvatrucha 13 gang member.

El Centro Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from Mexico near Ocotillo, California. Records checks revealed the subject was previously removed from the United States and had been convicted of lewd and lascivious acts with a child in the State of California.

El Paso Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from Mexico near Deming, New Mexico. Records checks revealed the subject was previously removed from the United States and had been convicted of voluntary manslaughter in the State of California.

Reported on April 28, 2009

Del Rio Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from El Salvador near Eagle Pass, Texas. Records checks revealed the subject had previously been removed from the United States. During processing, the subject was also identified as a member of the Mara Salvatrucha 13 gang.

El Paso Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from Mexico near El Paso, Texas. Records checks revealed the subject had an extensive criminal history and was previously removed from the United States. During processing, the subject also admitted to being a Los Paisas gang member.

El Paso Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from Mexico near El Paso, Texas. Records checks revealed the subject has previously been removed from the United States on numerous occasions. The subject also had an extensive criminal history, including a conviction for involuntary manslaughter and an outstanding warrant of arrest for failure to appear in the State of California.

Rio Grande Valley Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from Panama near Hidalgo, Texas. During the arrest, the subject became combative and struck an agent. The subject was subdued and taken into custody. Records checks revealed the subject was previously deported from the United States as an aggravated felon with a narcotics conviction.

Reported on April 29, 2009

Grand Forks Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from El Salvador near Crookston, Minnesota. Records checks revealed the subject is a registered sex offender and he previously served 86 months in prison for a drug conviction and 68 months for a sex offense.

Rio Grande Valley Sector – Border Patrol agents seized 1,398 pounds of marijuana valued at $1,118,400, a 1996 Kenworth tractor-trailer, and arrested a USC at the traffic checkpoint near Falfurrias, Texas. The subject presented himself for inspection, and a Border Patrol canine alerted to the trailer. A subsequent search revealed marijuana concealed in a false compartment in the trailer.

San Diego Sector – Border Patrol agents seized $399,990 in U.S. currency, a 2001 Volkswagen Golf, and arrested a national of Mexico near San Clemente, California. Agents observed the driver acting suspiciously on Interstate 5 and conducted a vehicle stop. The subject consented to a search of his vehicle, which revealed numerous bundles of U.S. currency concealed in the rear quarter panels of the vehicle.

Tucson Sector – Border Patrol agents seized 2,231 pounds of marijuana valued at $1,784,520, a loaded .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun, and arrested 22 illegal aliens near Rio Rico, Arizona. While conducting patrol duties, agents heard approximately 40 rounds of automatic weapon fire approximately one mile from their location. The group of illegal aliens was located shortly thereafter, and a search revealed the weapon and the narcotics.


*This overview is compiled from incidents reported to the Office of Border Patrol and is not intended to reflect all Border Patrol enforcement actions. Most arrests and seizures fail to meet the requirements for mandatory reporting to the Office of Border Patrol.

    

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