CBP Border Report, Week Ending July 4, 2015

The men and women of US Customs and Border Patrol are responsible for enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws and regulations. On a typical day, CBP welcomes nearly 1 million visitors, screens more than 67,000 cargo containers, arrests more than 1,100 individuals and seizes nearly 6 tons of illicit drugs. The border report below if from this past week’s enforcement activities.

Border Patrol Agent Saves Drowned 2-Year-Old

Thursday, July 2, 2015 | IMPERIAL BEACH, Calif.—An off-duty San Diego Sector Border Patrol agent rescued a two-year-old boy at a local community pool on Monday.  The toddler already had sunk to the bottom of the pool and was lying motionless when the agent jumped into the…Read More

Border Patrol Finds Cocaine in Car’s 4-Wheel-Drive System

Thursday, July 2, 2015 | SALTON CITY, Calif. – El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Highway 86 checkpoint arrested a man suspected of drug smuggling more than 19 pounds of cocaine hidden in his vehicle’s rear axle transfer case on Wednesday. The incident…Read More

Nogales CBP Officers Seize $3.23M in Marijuana

Thursday, July 2, 2015 | TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Mariposa Commercial Facility seized $3,237,000 in marijuana – nearly 6,500 pounds – from a Mexican national Wednesday when he attempted to enter the United States through the Port of…Read More

Douglas CBP Officers Seize $256K in Marijuana

Thursday, July 2, 2015 | TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a Mexican national during a failed smuggling incident Wednesday evening at the Port of Douglas. Officers arrested a 36-year-old man after an inspection of his Dodge truck led to the…Read More

Laredo Sector Border Patrol Agents Make Significant Narcotics Seizures and Rescue Immigrants on Five Separate Cases This Week

Thursday, July 2, 2015 | LAREDO, Texas – Border Patrol agents from the Laredo Sector seized narcotics and rescued 17 Illegal immigrants concealed inside a tractor trailer in separate incidents this week. On June 29, 2015, Laredo North Station agents observed 5 subjects…Read More

CBP in Brownsville Seizes Over $180,000 in Heroin

Thursday, July 2, 2015 | BROWNSVILLE, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Gateway International Bridge arrested a Brownsville man in connection with an attempt to smuggle alleged heroin worth $180,000. “This hard narcotics…Read More

CBP Officers at Miami International Airport Seize Cocaine in Spray Canisters

Thursday, July 2, 2015 | MIAMI – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations (OFO) officers at Miami International Airport (MIA) seized over four ounces of cocaine concealed within spray canisters in a shipment arriving from Uruguay on June 24. CBP…Read More

CBP Officers in Fort Lauderdale Arrest Man Accused of Child Molestation Using Altered Birth Certificate

Thursday, July 2, 2015 | FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations (OFO) officers at Port Everglades arrested a 65-year-old man who presented a fraudulently obtained driver’s license and an altered U.S. birth certificate…Read More

Fast Actions Save Life Of Fellow Officer

Thursday, July 2, 2015 | ALEXANDRIA BAY, N.Y. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers Gregory Baker, Leslie Mathews and Joseph Casterline, from the Port of Alexandria Bay, were presented today with the CBP Commissioner’s Humanitarian Award by Rose Hilmey, acting…Read More

Passenger at Miami International Airport Arrested with Counterfeit Travel Document

Thursday, July 2, 2015 MIAMI – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations (OFO) officers at Miami International Airport (MIA) arrested a 29-year-old citizen of Haiti arriving from Port-au-Prince after the woman presented an alleged counterfeit…Read More

Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol agents rescue 11 immigrants

Thursday, July 2, 2015 | FALFURRIAS, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Rio Grande Valley Sector rescued 11 undocumented immigrants from a tractor-trailer early Thursday morning. Immigrants hidden among shipment of onions Border Patrol agents assigned to the…Read More

CBP Officers at Miami International Airport Seize Over $6 Million in Piratical Jewelry

Thursday, July 2, 2015 | MIAMI – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at Miami International Airport (MIA) seized 720 pieces of piratical jewelry with a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of over $6 million on June 16. The  piratical jewelry arrived…Read More

Miami Air and Marine Branch Air Assets Detect and Deter Illegal Maritime Migration

Thursday, July 2, 2015 | MIAMI — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Air and Marine (OAM) aircrews and interagency partners detected and safely interdicted more than 130 migrants at sea attempting to reach south Florida shores in a dozen incidents over the…Read More

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Opens Announcement to Hire Additional CBP Officers

Thursday, July 2, 2015 | LAREDO, TEXAS—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the agency responsible for securing U.S. ports of entry and international borders, is accepting applications nationwide for CBP officer positions at some air, land, and sea ports on the Southwest…Read More

CBP Officers Seize Heroin at Del Rio Port

Thursday, July 2, 2015 | DEL RIO, Texas – Federal authorities at the Del Rio Port of Entry arrested a local man, on June 29, after finding more than two pounds of alleged heroin hidden in his vehicle. “We are committed to disrupting the flow of illegal narcotics into the…Read More

Traffic Stop Foils Illegal Alien Smuggling Attempt

Thursday, July 2, 2015 | LORDSBURG, N.M. – U.S. Border Patrol agents working in southern New Mexico rescue two individuals and seize nearly a quarter of a million dollars Monday. Shortly before midnight on June 29, Lordsburg Border Patrol agents stop to assist a Hidalgo…Read More

CBP Officer Vacancy Announcement Now Open

Thursday, July 2, 2015 | PRESIDIO, Texas — U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the agency responsible for securing U.S. borders from all threats, is accepting applications nationwide for CBP officer positions. As a result of funding provided in the fiscal year 2014 budget,…Read More

Rio Grande Valley Sector agents win big at World Police and Fire Games

Thursday, July 2, 2015 | FAIRFAX, Va. – A pair of K-9 teams from the Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Sector won several medals at the 2015 World Police and Fire Games on Saturday and Sunday. RGV Winners at World Police and Fire Games Agents Cruz Esquivel and Noe Bazan of…Read More

Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol agents arrest two convicted criminals, one gang member

Thursday, July 2, 2015 | EDINBURG, Texas – Border Patrol agents from the Rio Grande Valley Sector apprehended two people with criminal histories and a gang member in separate incidents over the past two days. On Monday, at approximately 11 p.m., Border Patrol agents…Read More

U.S. Recreational Vessel and Fisherman Clearance Procedures

Thursday, July 2, 2015 | WELLESLEY ISLAND, N.Y. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection is announcing clearance procedures for pleasure boats arriving in the U.S. from Canada. The pleasure boat clearance procedures are part of CBP’s comprehensive efforts to improve security at…Read More

Philadelphia CBP Intercepts Another Destructive Insect New to the United States

Thursday, July 2, 2015 | PHILADELPHIA – About three weeks after intercepting two first in nation insect pests, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agriculture specialists in Philadelphia discovered another one, so says the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) national…Read More

CBP Reminder: Fireworks Prohibited from Entry at Ports

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 | SAN DIEGO — As the Fourth of July approaches, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials are reminding travelers that fireworks are prohibited from entry at southern California passenger border crossings. CBP works with more than 40 other…Read More

Customs and Border Protection Officers Seize $429K in Methamphetamine and Cocaine at Port of Brownsville

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 | BROWNSVILLE, Texas— Officers with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Brownsville Port of Entry intercepted two loads of alleged narcotics, with a combined value of $429,000, hidden within a 1999 Dodge truck…Read More

Del Rio Sector Agents Rescue Group From Sinking Boat

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 | DEL RIO, Texas – On June 30, the Comstock Station Border Patrol Lake Task Force rescued five adults and two children, from a sinking boat on Lake Amistad. At approximately 6 p.m., agents assigned to the Lake Task Force patrolling Lake Amistdad near…Read More

CBP in Florida Reminds Independence Day Travelers to ‘Know Before You Go’

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 | MIAMI— U.S. Customs and Border Protection is reminding summer travelers across Florida of important tips to ease the entry process for both returning residents and international visitors. Summer is one of the busiest travel seasons and CBP has…Read More

Dangerous Weevil Makes Debut at International Rail Crossing

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 | BUFFALO, N.Y. – The U.S. Department of Agriculture confirmed that U.S. Customs and Border Protection agriculture specialists at a Buffalo international rail border crossing intercepted an invasive insect, Dryophthorus corticalis, a wood-boring…Read More

CBP Receives 10th Riverine Shallow Draft Vessel

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 | WASHINGTON — U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Office of Air and Marine (OAM), received its tenth operational Riverine Shallow Draft Vessel (RSDV), June 10, 2015. Twenty-one foot Riverine Shallow Draft Vessel The 21-foot RSDV is designed…Read More

Guns and Drugs Trigger Multiple Arrests on Bridges to Canada

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 | BUFFALO, N.Y. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Port of Buffalo made 10 seizures of narcotics and firearms at local border crossings over the past weekend. CBP officers at Peace Bridge, seized a handgun from a 35-year-old male U.S…Read More

Travel Tips for Fourth of July Travelers at Michigan Border Crossings

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 | DETROIT – U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Field Operations advises travelers planning trips across the Detroit, Port Huron and Sault Ste. Marie border crossings to have their approved travel documents and to anticipate heavy traffic during the…Read More

Agents Stop Cloned District Vehicle, Find 14 Illegal Immigrants Inside

Tuesday, June 30, 2015 | CALEXICO, Calif. – El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents from the Calexico station stopped a Ford F-150 that was disguised as an Imperial Irrigation District (IID) service vehicle and discovered 14 illegal immigrants hiding in the truck bed and…Read More

Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol agents rescue eight immigrants

Tuesday, June 30, 2015 | FALFURRIAS, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Rio Grande Valley Sector rescued eight undocumented immigrants from inside a refrigerated trailer late Monday night. Immigrants discovered in trailer The rescue occurred when Border Patrol…Read More

CBP Officers Seize more than $4.5 Million of Narcotics over Weekend

Tuesday, June 30, 2015 | SAN DIEGO — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at ports of entry along the California/Mexico border over the weekend intercepted 864 pounds of narcotics valued at more than $4.5 million. CBP officers at the six land ports of entry…Read More

Border Patrol Agents Seize Ton of Marijuana, Cocaine, Arrest Two Smugglers

Tuesday, June 30, 2015 | TUCSON, Ariz. –Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents from the Sonoita Station seized a ton of marijuana, one gram of cocaine and arrested two illegal aliens in a single weekend incident. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Sonoita Station seized ton…Read More

Nogales CBP Officers Seize $50K Worth of Meth

Tuesday, June 30, 2015 | TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers at the Dennis DeConcini crossing arrested a Mexican couple June 28 after finding nearly 17 pounds of methamphetamine in their vehicle as they attempted to enter the United States. When officers…Read More

Eagle Pass CBP Officers Seize Marijuana at Port

Tuesday, June 30, 2015 | EAGLE PASS, Texas – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Eagle Pass Port of Entry intercepted a shipment of alleged marijuana on June 28. Around 1:30 p.m., June 28, CBP officers at Eagle Pass International Bridge I, inspected a 2003…Read More

Georgia’s First User Fee Airport Welcomes Inaugural International Flight

Tuesday, June 30, 2015 |  KEENESAW, Ga. —U.S. Customs and Border Protection Atlanta Field Office welcomed the first general aviation flight to the new customs facility now open at Cobb County International Airport. The history-making arrival touched down at 1:00 p.m. on…Read More

Minnesota and North Dakota Travel Advisory For Canada Day and U.S. Independence Day

Tuesday, June 30, 2015 | PEMBINA, N.D. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations (OFO) is reminding travelers planning trips across the border into Minnesota or North Dakota to anticipate heavy traffic during the observance of Canada Day and U.S…Read More

CBP Offers Tips to Expedite Cross-Border Travel, Heavy Traffic Expected on Canada Day, 4th of July Holidays

Tuesday, June 30, 2015 | ST. ALBANS, Vt. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers and agriculture specialists throughout Vermont and New Hampshire are providing guidance to assist cross-border travelers who intend to travel between the U.S. and Canada during…Read More

Mexican Nationals Activate Rescue Beacon

Tuesday, June 30, 2015 | YUMA, Ariz. – Wellton Station Border Patrol agents helped four undocumented Mexican nationals who activated a rescue beacon in the Cabeza Prieta Wildlife Refuge on June 26. When agents arrived at their location, all subjects were assessed and were…Read More

Yuma Border Patrol Canine Detects Drugs in Spare Tire

Tuesday, June 30, 2015 | Agents removed 65 pounds of marijuana from the spare tire of a vehicle stopped at the Wellton Station’s traffic checkpoint along Interstate 8. YUMA, Ariz. –A Yuma Sector Border Patrol detection canine team assigned to Wellton Station’s Interstate…Read More

Border Patrol Explorers Graduate from Academy

Monday, June 29, 2015 | SAN DIEGO—U.S. Border Patrol San Diego Sector graduated 86 young adults at the completion of the 14th U.S. Border Patrol Explorers Academy on Saturday. Explorers await their graduation ceremony held on Saturday at Camp Pendleton. The academy was…Read More

CBP Field Operations Arrests Woman in Connection with Attempt to Smuggle Five Mexican Nationals

Monday, June 29, 2015 | HIDALGO, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Hidalgo International Bridge arrested a woman from Houston, Texas in connection with a failed smuggling attempt of five persons from Mexico. “Our officers’…Read More

CBP Officers Seize Heroin from Body Carriers

Monday, June 29, 2015 | LAREDO, TEXAS – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Laredo Port of Entry recently seized alleged heroin in two separate enforcement actions from two bus passengers at the Lincoln Juarez Bridge. “These mark the second and third…Read More

Comstock Border Patrol Agents Encounter Missing Person

Monday, June 29, 2015 | DEL RIO, Texas – On June 28, Border Patrol agents at the Comstock Checkpoint ecountered a man who was reported missing and suffering from dementia. “The men and women of the U.S. Border Patrol work hard and reamin vigilant to protect our nation’s…Read More

Nogales CBP Officers Seize $1.45M in Hard Drugs

Monday, June 29, 2015 | TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers arrested five Mexican nationals and a Phoenix woman allegedly involved in separate smuggling attempts since Wednesday at the Port of Nogales, resulting in the seizure of nearly 203 pounds of…Read More

CBP Officers Stop 3 Drug Loads at Santa Teresa Port

Monday, June 29, 2015 | SANTA TERESA. N.M. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations officers working at the Santa Teresa port of entry seized 529 pounds of marijuana in three separate drug busts Saturday. The drugs have an estimated street value of…Read More

CBP Office of Field Operations, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry Promotes SENTRI Program

Monday, June 29, 2015 | HIDALGO, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry wants to encourage international travelers who cross the border frequently to take advantage of the Secure Electronic…Read More

Explorers Participate in 2015 Border Patrol Academy

Monday, June 29, 2015 | DEL RIO, Texas – On June 22, Del Rio Sector Border Patrol held the 2015 Border Patrol Explorer Academy. The academy consisted of Posts from Del Rio Station (Post 920), Brackettville Station (Post 931), Eagle Pass South Station (Post 925), and Eagle…Read More

Border Patrol Finds Narcotics Concealed in Vehicle

Monday, June 29, 2015 | SALTON CITY, Calif. – El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Highway 86 checkpoint arrested a man suspected of drug smuggling after discovering more than $700,000 worth of heroin and cocaine were discovered in his vehicle on Saturday…Read More

Border Patrol Rescues Man Stuck in Trunk

Monday, June 29, 2015 | CALEXICO, Calif. – El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Calexico Station rescued an undocumented alien from the trunk of a vehicle in downtown Calexico on Sunday. The incident occurred at approximately 10 p.m., when Border Patrol…Read More

Holiday Travel Advisory: Canada Day & Fourth of July

Monday, June 29, 2015 | BLAINE, Wash. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Field Operations, is reminding travelers planning trips across the border this holiday weekend into the United States to make sure they have their proper documents and to plan ahead…Read More

Lost Fugitive Ends up at the Peace Arch Port of Entry with Drugs

Monday, June 29, 2015 | BLAINE, Wash. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations officers at the Peace Arch Port of Entry took into custody a woman on June 22 who was wanted by Snohomish County and the Department of Corrections for alleged…Read More

US, UK Partnership Takes Aim at Illegal Vehicle Trade

Monday, June 29, 2015 | LONDON — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) expanded its partnership with counterparts in the United Kingdom today in order to combat illegal vehicle trafficking. At an event at the U.S. Embassy in London, CBP and the United Kingdom National… Read More

CBP Officers in Jacksonville Recover Stolen Vehicle

Monday, June 29, 2015 | JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations (OFO) officers recovered a stolen vehicle on June 24 in Jacksonville. The vehicle, a 2011 Toyota Corolla, was to be shipped to Ghana from an address in Duluth,…Read More  ]]>