United States Border Patrol Weekly Blotter: November 5 – November 11

Border Patrol agents seized over 9,329 pounds of marijuana.  Agents arrested 14 criminal aliens and 10 gang members.  There were 11 rocking incidents.

Reported on November 5, 2009

El Centro Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from Guatemala near Calexico, California. During processing, the subject admitted to being an 18th Street gang member. Records checks revealed he had been previously removed from the United States.

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

Tucson Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from Mexico near Naco, Arizona. Records checks revealed the subject had an extensive criminal history, to include prior convictions for burglary, obstruction of public official, false impersonating and probation violation in the State of California. He had also been previously removed from the United States.

Tucson Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from Mexico near Nogales, Arizona. Records checks revealed the subject had a prior conviction for manslaughter in the State of California and had been previously removed from the United States.

Reported on November 6, 2009

Del Rio Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested two illegal aliens from Mexico and seized 236 pounds of marijuana near Comstock, Texas. The two subjects scaled down a 40-foot rock in an attempt to avoid apprehension. One subject sustained injuries and was transported by local emergency medical services to a local hospital for treatment. A subsequent search of the area revealed the marijuana.

El Centro Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from Mexico at the traffic checkpoint near Calexico, California. Records checks revealed the subject had prior convictions for kidnapping and sexual assault, and had also been previously removed from the United States.

Rio Grande Valley Sector – Border Patrol agents seized 1,112 pounds of marijuana near La Rosita, Texas. Agents observed subjects loading large bundles of suspected marijuana into the bed of a Dodge Ram pickup truck. Upon seeing the agents, the subjects absconded, abandoning the vehicle and the marijuana.

Tucson Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested two illegal aliens from Mexico near Why, Arizona. The subjects claimed that two bandits robbed them of $250 and a pair of shoes. The case was referred to local law enforcement officials for investigation.

Reported on November 7, 2009

Rio Grande Valley Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from Honduras near Falfurrias, Texas. During processing, the subject admitted to being an MS-13 gang member. Records checks revealed he had prior convictions for possession of marijuana and assault causing bodily injury in the State of Texas. He had also been previously removed from the United States.

Tucson Sector – Border Patrol agents seized 975 pounds of marijuana and a 1996 Lincoln Town Car near Palominas, Arizona. Agents followed footprints from the international border to a residence, received consent to search, and discovered 35 bundles of marijuana in the residence. There were an additional nine bundles in the vehicle.

Tucson Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from Mexico near Sasabe, Arizona. Records checks revealed the subject had a prior conviction for cruelty toward a child and had been previously removed from the United States.

Reported on November 8, 2009

Tucson Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested a United States Citizen (USC) near Nogales, Arizona for smuggling three illegal aliens from South Africa. Records checks revealed the USC had an extensive criminal history, to include a prior conviction for manslaughter in the State of Arizona.

Yuma Sector – Border Patrol agents seized 2,303 pounds of marijuana and two Chevrolet Tahoes near San Luis, Arizona. Agents discovered a breach in the international border fence and detected two vehicles traveling north. Before agents reached the vehicles, the drivers had abandoned the trucks and absconded to Mexico. Agents discovered 194 bundles of marijuana inside the vehicles.

Reported on November 9, 2009

El Paso Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from Mexico near Fort Hancock, Texas. During processing, the subject admitted to being a member of the Fatherless gang. Records checks revealed he had an extensive criminal history to include prior convictions for possession of marijuana, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, burglary of habitation, theft, and engaging in organized criminal activity. He had also been previously removed from the United States.

Tucson Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from Mexico near Big Fields, Arizona. During processing, the subject admitted to being a Sureno gang member. Records checks revealed he had a prior conviction for a sex offense against child in the State of California and had been previously removed from the United States.

Tucson Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from Mexico near Nogales, Arizona. Records checks revealed he had a prior conviction for sexual assault, indecent assault, corruption of minors in the State of Pennsylvania and had been previously removed from the United States.

Reported on November 10, 2009

Del Rio Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from Mexico near Eagle Pass, Texas. The subject was identified as a member of the Locos 2000 gang, and records checks revealed he had been previously removed from the United States.

Rio Grande Valley Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from El Salvador near La Grulla, Texas. Records checks revealed he was the subject of an outstanding warrant for homicide issued in the State of Florida.

Tucson Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from Mexico near Willcox, Arizona. During processing, the subject admitted to being a member of the El Escuadron gang, an affiliate of the Sureno gang. Records checks revealed the subject had an extensive criminal history, including assault with intent to cause seriously injury, gang assault, and possession of a firearm. The subject had also been previously removed from the United States.

San Diego Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien near Tecate, California, who claimed to have been shot in the leg by bandits in Mexico. A Border Patrol emergency medical technician provided first aid until local emergency medical services arrived and transported the subject to a local hospital for treatment.

Reported on November 11, 2009

El Centro Sector – Border Patrol agents seized $284, 945.00 from a USC near the Calexico, California Port of Entry. The USC and vehicle were encountered during a vehicle stop. A CBP canine alerted to the vehicle, and a subsequent x-ray conducted at the Calexico Port of Entry revealed the hidden currency.

El Centro Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien from Mexico near Calexico, California. The subject was identified as a member of the Surenos 13 gang and had also been previously removed from the United States.

Rio Grande Valley Sector – Border Patrol agents arrested two illegal aliens from Mexico and seized 1,299 pounds of marijuana near San Pedro, Texas. Border Patrol personnel observed approximately 19 subjects carrying bundles near a river levee. Agents responded, and the group abandoned the marijuana and fled into Mexico, with the exception of the two subjects arrested at the scene.

Rio Grande Valley Sector – Border Patrol agents seized 1,305 pounds of marijuana and a 2001 Chevrolet Suburban near Garceno, Texas. Agents observed several subjects loading suspected narcotics into the Suburban which departed the area. Shortly thereafter, agents discovered the vehicle abandoned with 73 bundles of marijuana inside.

Rio Grande Valley Sector – Border Patrol agents seized 1,287 pounds of marijuana and a 1994 Ford truck near La Casita, Texas. Agents observed several subjects loading bundles of suspected narcotics into the truck. When agents approached, they discovered the vehicle abandoned with 63 bundles of marijuana in the bed of the truck.

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*This overview is compiled from incidents reported to 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 Border Patrol Headquarters.