CBP Border Report, Week Ending May 23, 2015

Weekly report from the Customs and Border Protection (CBP), May 17 – May 23, 2015

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 RGV Sector Border Patrol agents nab people with criminal records, seize tons of marijuana

Friday, May 22, 2015 | EDINBURG, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Falfurrias, McAllen, Weslaco and Kingsville Texas Border Patrol stations apprehended seven men with prior arrest records or gang ties. Of the seven arrested, four were El Salvadoran nationals and…Read More

CBP’s South Texas Office of Field Operations Provides Enforcement Recap for Week of May 18-22

Friday, May 22, 2015 | SOUTH TEXAS—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at ports of entry from Roma to Brownsville seized $46,710 worth of marijuana, $314,500 of cocaine, over $12,000 in unreported U.S. currency and arrested 14 persons…Read More

Border Patrol Agents and BLM Rangers Rescue Men Stranded in Desert with No Water

Friday, May 22, 2015 | OCOTILLO, Calif. –Thursday, El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to El Centro Station along with Bureau of Land Management rangers (BLM) rescued two distressed men whose vehicle had become stuck in sand in the desert west of the…Read More

El Centro Sector Border Patrol Arrests Convicted Sex Offender

Friday, May 22, 2015 | CALEXICO, Calif. – Friday, U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Calexico Station arrested a previously deported convicted sex offender near the Calexico West Port of Entry. At approximately 3 a.m., a 40-year-old man was apprehended by Border…Read More

OAM Assistant Commissioner Touches Down in West Texas

Friday, May 22, 2015 | The Office of Air and Marine’s Assistant Commissioner (AC) Randolph D. Alles visited OAM personnel in El Paso on May 20. Among the topics discussed were the 2025 strategic plan, in addition to the current discussion on pay reform. AC Alles said he…Read More

El Centro Sector Border Patrol Agents Seize more than $50,000 of Methamphetamine at Checkpoint

Friday, May 22, 2015 | NILAND, Calif. –Thursday, El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Indio Station arrested a suspected drug smuggler after discovering more than five pounds of methamphetamine inside of an aftermarket compartment of a car battery. The…Read More

CBP Encourages Travelers to Prepare Ahead for International Summer Travel

Friday, May 22, 2015 | WASHINGTON—It’s time to break out the sunglasses and sunscreen—summer travel season is officially here. U.S. Customs and Border Protection encourages travelers to educate themselves on the rules and regulations relating to international travel…Read More

CBP Seizes Fake Apparel Worth $48K

Friday, May 22, 2015 | HOUSTON – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the George Bush Intercontinental Airport seized counterfeit Gucci, Burberry, Lacoste, Versace, Armani, Ferrari, Coco Chanel, Tory Burch and Michael Kors merchandise, May 13, valued at…Read More

Air and Marine Agents Join Forces to Bust Heroin Ring

Friday, May 22, 2015 | BUFFALO, N.Y. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Office of Air and Marine (OAM) in Buffalo, N.Y., recently finished their role in a law enforcement operation that began in February in the Rochester area. Multiple federal, state, and local…Read More

Border Patrol Laredo Sector Graduates R.E.A.L. Mission Class 11

Friday, May 22, 2015 | Laredo, TX – The Rewarding, Education, Attitude, and Leadership (R.E.A.L.) mission concluded under the guidance of Border Patrol agents assigned to the Border Community Liaison program together with Interim Chief Patrol Agent Mario Martinez, and…Read More

Laredo Sector Border Patrol Holds Promotion Ceremony

Friday, May 22, 2015 | LAREDO, Texas – Laredo Sector Interim Border Patrol Chief Mario Martinez, presented new insignia ranks and certificates to 20 Border Patrol agents and 8 promotion certificates to Sector employees during a ceremony held yesterday at Texas A&M…Read More

Laredo Sector Border Patrol agent is awarded Purple Cross medal

Friday, May 22, 2015 | LAREDO, TEXAS – Supervisory Border Patrol Agent Kent Galindo was awarded the Purple Cross medal during a ceremony held yesterday at Texas A&M International University. Supervisory Border Patrol Agent Kent Galindo was awarded the Purple Cross…Read More

Area Port of Pembina Participates in ‘Bring Your Child to Work Day’

Thursday, May 21, 2015 | PEMBINA, N.D. – The Area Port of Pembina sponsored “Bring Your Child to Work Day” on May 14 at the Port of Pembina, North Dakota. Forty-three boys and girls, ages 13-14, from the North Border School District attended the event accompanied by their…Read More

San Diego Border Patrol Agents Arrest Armed Suspect

Thursday, May 21, 2015 | TECATE, Calif.—Tuesday, Border Patrol agents assigned to the El Cajon Border Patrol Station arrested an armed man approximately five miles east of the Tecate port of entry.  Agents arrested a man who was carrying a loaded shotgun just north of the…Read More

CBP Advises Travelers to Arrive Prepared during the Memorial Day Holiday Weekend

Thursday, May 21, 2015 | DETROIT – U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations reminds 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…Read More

Drummond Island Reporting Station is Opening Soon for the Boating Season

Thursday, May 21, 2015 | Sault Ste Marie, Mich— U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Field Operations today announced the opening date of the Drummond Island reporting station for the 2015 summer boating season starting May 22. Field Operations anticipates a busy summer…Read More

Vermont CBP Reminds Boaters of Vessel Reporting Procedures, Enroll in the Small Vessel Reporting System (SVRS) Online

Thursday, May 21, 2015 | Derby Line, Vt.- U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is reminding individuals how to process small vessel arrivals, including in-person immigration processing, during this year’s boating season via Small Vessel Reporting System (SVRS). The SVRS…Read More

CBP Arrests Man Wanted for Sexual Assault of Child

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 | HOUSTON – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the George Bush Intercontinental Airport arrested a man with an active warrant for failure to appear and second degree sexual assault of a child, May 20. Mariano Cabrera, 48, was returning to…Read More

Nogales CBP Officers Seize Nearly $1.2M in Drugs

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 | TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers arrested three Mexican nationals and five U.S. citizens connected to separate smuggling attempts during the past five days at the Port of Nogales. CBP officers at the DeConcini crossing seized… Read More

CBP Officers Seize $60K Worth of Meth

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 | CBP officers at the Port of San Luis removed 40 packages of meth from within the gas tank of a smuggling vehicle. TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Port of San Luis arrested a Mexican man during a failed attempt…Read More

Douglas CBP Officers Seize $75K in Marijuana-SENTRI Participant Loses Privileges

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 | TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers assigned to the Port of Douglas arrested Jose Alberto Acosta-Silvain, 44, of Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico, after discovering nearly 290 pounds of marijuana throughout his Nissan sedan on May…Read More

US Border Patrol Del Rio Sector Hosts ‘Days of Remembrance of the Victims of the Holocaust’ Art Contest

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 | DEL RIO, Texas – Del Rio Sector’s Diversity and Inclusions Program Committee recently hosted an art competition intended to represent the Holocaust.  “Days of Remembrance of the Victims of the Holocaust” is an 8-day period designated by the United…Read More

Imports Explained At Champlain Trade Day

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 | CHAMPLAIN, N.Y. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection Area Port of Champlain’s third Trade Day was held on May 19. This event was an opportunity for the trade community to meet with the CBP officials and partner government agencies responsible for…Read More

El Centro Sector Border Patrol Apprehends Convicted Sex Offender

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 | SALTON CITY, Calif. – Monday, El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Indio Station apprehend a convicted sex offender at the Highway 86 checkpoint suspected of smuggling three undocumented aliens. At approximately 6 p.m., a gray Ford…Read More

Become a Trusted Traveler, Join NEXUS

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 | DETROIT— With the boating season underway and summer activities of cross border commuters in full bloom, U.S. Customs & Border Protection recommends applying for a NEXUS card for quicker processing at Michigan land borders. NEXUS is a CBP…Read More

It’s a Boy! … Born at Lukeville Port of Entry

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 | TUCSON, Ariz. —A 20-year-old U.S. woman living in Rocky Point, Sonora, Mexico, gave birth to a healthy son Sunday morning…at the Port of Lukeville. The woman arrived at the port as a passenger in a Chevrolet SUV and told Customs and Border…Read More

Lukeville CBP Officers Seize $80K in Marijuana

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 | TUCSON, Ariz. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers arrested two male U.S. citizens for attempting to smuggle more than 159 pounds of marijuana through the Port of Lukeville on May 17. CBP officers located a hidden compartment within the…Read More

San Luis CBP Officers Seize Nearly $50,000 in Meth

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 | Officers at the Port of San Luis seized more than 30 packages of meth from a smuggling vehicle. TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a Mexican man May 16 attempting to enter the U.S. through the Port of San Luis with…Read More

Douglas CBP Officers Seize $100K in Marijuana

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 | TUCSON, Ariz. – Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a Douglas, Arizona woman and a Mexican man during separate incidents May 17 at the Port of Douglas. CBP officers located packages of marijuana behind the back seat of a smuggling…Read More

CBP Officers Halt Attempts to Smuggle More Than $8 Million Worth of Drugs

Monday, May 18, 2015 | SAN DIEGO — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Otay Mesa ports of entry seized a total of $8.1 million worth of narcotics over the weekend, including an interception of more than six tons of marijuana that was stashed in a commercial…Read More

Victoria Day Holiday Travel Reminder

Monday, May 18, 2015 | BLAINE, Wash. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations (OFO) is reminding travelers planning trips across the border this Victoria Day weekend into the United States to make sure they have their proper documents and to…Read More

El Centro Sector Border Patrol Prevents Marijuana Smuggling Attempt; Arrest Four

Monday, May 18, 2015 | CALEXICO, Calif. – Monday, U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Calexico station seized more than 47 pounds of marijuana that were being transported in a silver Honda Accord. At approximately 12 a.m., a Border Patrol agent operating a Remote Video…Read More

CBP at the Hidalgo International Bridge Arrests Local Man Wanted for Criminally Negligent Homicide

Monday, May 18, 2015 | HIDALGO, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Hidalgo International Bridge arrested a 35-year-old man from Mission, Texas who had an outstanding arrest warrant for criminally negligent homicide from the…Read More

Del Rio Border Patrol Sector BORSTAR Agents Rescue Three Stranded In Flood

Monday, May 18, 2015 | DEL RIO, Texas – On May 16, at approximately 4:30 p.m., the U.S. Border Patrol’s Del Rio Sector Border Search Trauma and Rescue (BORSTAR) team, with the assistance of the CBP Office of Air and Marine, successfully rescued three individuals by boat…Read More

Air and Marine Agents Involved Shooting near British Virgin Islands

Monday, May 18, 2015 | On May 17, 2015, shortly before midnight, and pursuant to a bilateral agreement with British Customs and Immigration, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Marine Interdiction Agents onboard a marine interceptor vessel entered British Virgin Islands…Read More

CBP in Virgin Islands Arrests Man Wanted for Sexual Assault

Monday, May 18, 2015 | ST. JOHN, Virgin Islands – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Field Operations Officers working at the Cruz Bay Ferry Terminal, identified a male with an outstanding arrest warrant on sexual assault charges from Aspen, Colorado. The wanted man…Read More